Handheld devices for two-way communication between group members.

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Two-way radios enable critical communication between party members who are out of earshot. They can help you find separated partners, communicate plans, alert to hazards, and share observations. Some areas have a universal backcountry channel that can be used to communicate with other groups or rescue operations, particularly in cases of emergency.

Radios are helpful when partners are out of sight or earshot.  Credit: Outdoor GearLab