Letter of the month: Carrying a PLB for womenWhere to wear a PLB is something I have contemplated at length (‘How to carry your PLB’, Wild Skills, December 2015). After taking into account pack hip belts and chest straps, garments worn, tramping conditions and the need to have the PLB on your person at all times, the result has been my under-boobs-band. The PLB is worn sideways attached to a band, is tucked out of harm’s way, allows for full use of your arms and is comfortable enough to forget it’s there. To make a band and attach the PLB will require a little sewing. All you need is a strip of elastic band wide enough to accommodate the PLB’s pouch and long enough to stretch around your torso, and the hooks and eyes of an old bra.
- Sew the hooks and eyes to the ends of the elastic
- Fold in half to get the centre of the elastic band
- Fold the PLB pouch in half to get the centre
- Align the centres and stitch the pouch to the elastic band
- Insert PLB into the pouch and wear
- I have also attached my PLB cord loop through the pouch so the two are joined – I don’t want to be stuck on a tiny ledge and drop the PLB!
- I have also found that the band is worn best on the skin, as opposed to over a singlet.