Tough Radios Keep Canyon Explorers Safe
By Evan Forester, Tait Communications
Saturday, July 01, 2017 | Comments

As mission critical organizations know, tough jobs call for tough equipment. Whether you protect communities or power cities, you need equipment you can trust to never fail, especially during emergency situations.

Here at Tait Communications, we pride ourselves in the durability of our equipment, and our radios have become known around the industry as “Tait Tough.” These radios have been certified to meet and exceed military specifications, and we’ve even watched them survive getting run over by a tank, dropped from a drone, and hit by a golf club.

But in Spring of 2016, the Tait Tough radios experienced a new kind of test in one of the toughest environments imaginable.

When we heard about the Taiwan Canyoning Expedition, we were very intrigued. A group of 8 professional Canyoneers from Japan, the United States, Indonesia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Germany, and Brazil planned to meet in Taiwan. Their goal? To set a new record for the longest canyon descent. They also planned to create a documentary about their journey to spread awareness about canyoning and the beauty of Taiwan.

The team selected Malishan Canyon in Taiwan. They had limited information from satellite images, a map that was rarely updated, and a few stories from locals. It would be a grueling journey, filled with significant rain, large waterfalls, hard rocks, raging rivers, and landslides. Determined to achieve their mission, the team gathered the best gear they could find, knowing that poor planning and poor equipment could end their lives.

The canyon team approached Tait because they were looking for tough radios. They knew the canyon expedition would present many situations where they could not see their teammates, but clear communication was essential for safety. Tait Tough TP9300s were selected and ready for the job.

The filmmaker, Moritz Sonntag, had this to say “We had to deal with some very tough situations. Sometimes we didn’t have any visibility to navigate, so the communication via radios for the track searching team members was the only way to navigate. To achieve something that has never been done before, you need to rely on your equipment.

“Electronics and water usually don’t fit together, but the radios by Tait offered  us a 100% waterproof solution, that was not only a huge help in achieving our goals, but also ensured our safety in a lot of the given situations.”

As expected, the Tait Tough TP9300 radios were up for the challenge. Each radio has IP68 certification, which means they have been independently tested and shown to survive water immersion to a depth of two meters for thirty minutes or a depth of one meter for two hours.

The mission was a success, the entire team completed the Canyoning journey over the course of eight epic days. Anthony Blyth, Global Marketing Manager for Tait Communications, had this to say, “On behalf of everyone at Tait Communications, we’d like to congratulate the Taiwan Canyoning team on setting a new world record for canyoning. We are honored that Tait radios were selected to help keep these leaders in their field safe, and look forward to seeing how they continue to push boundaries in the world of Canyoning.

If you would like to learn more about the Malishan Canyon expedition, you can watch the 50 minute documentary of their adventure on their website or Vimeo. The movie trailer is also available here.

While you may not have plans to go canyoning, if you’re part of a mission critical organization, you know the importance of tough equipment. If a Tait radio can survive eight days through one of the harshest environments on Earth, you know you can trust it to keep working for you and your team.

You can learn more about building tough networks in the free whitepaper, Guide to Tough networks. If you’d like to learn more about Tait Tough portable radios, then check out our new Build Your Own Radio tool and create a Tait Tough radio built specifically for your organization.

*Photo Credits to Gus Schiavon

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