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Gray Grandy

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Gray Grandy grew up in rural Vermont but followed his love of the mountains to the west coast for college. While working on his BS in Forest Ecology in Washington, he started coming to Tahoe in the winter to ski. After college, he delved into many facets of the outdoor rescue world. Winters are filled by a full-time professional ski patrol job at Kirkwood Mountain Resort. Summers have included teaching Technical Rope Rescue and Wilderness First Responder classes, wrenching at a bike shop, doing rope access construction projects, and commercial salmon fishing in Alaska. He also spent many years as a volunteer on the El Dorado County Search and Rescue team. For Gray, spring is the best time to take backcountry ski trips throughout the world before he fills his recreational time with mountain bikes on Tahoe's pristine trials for the summer and fall. He also appreciates a good rest day making food and splitting firewood as preparation for the next winter's wrath.

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Best Walkie Talkies

Best Walkie Talkies

We put 9 radios to a head to head test after scouring all of the top models on the market. After 150+ hours of testing in the field and lab, we have found the best walkie talkies and...
BaoFeng BF-F8HP
Top Pick

BaoFeng BF-F8HP

As the most capable, heavily featured radio, the BaoFeng is our recommendation for any licensed ham radio operator. When we say technically minded, we mean it
How to Choose a Walkie Talkie

How to Choose a Walkie Talkie

Separation is going to happen in the backcountry - either by accident or on purpose. Do you have a way to communicate changes in plans when that separation does happen? A good set of...
Midland X-Talker T10
Best Buy

Midland X-Talker T10

The small size, good price, and water resistance make the X-Talker a good option if the range is not your top priority. Lightweight radios are great for climbing
Motorola T600
Top Pick

Motorola T600

The T600 has good range, is waterproof and floats, making it perfect for those that will bring it on the water.
Midland X-Talker 36

Midland X-Talker 36

This radio finds the middle ground between small and inexpensive radios that lack power and features, and the larger, more expensive radios that have plenty of power and features.
Radioddity FS-T2

Radioddity FS-T2

Out of the smaller and less expensive radios we tested, this radio had better range but worse battery life than its direct competition.
Midland GXT1000VP4 Two Way

Midland GXT1000VP4 Two Way

The respectable range and usability of this radio don't make up for its price, larger size, and poor battery life. Other radios are likely to fit your needs better
Motorola Talkabout T100

Motorola Talkabout T100

The Talkabout T100 is quite small, but is average or below average on all other fronts. For climbing and other activities where you'll stay relatively close, this model is adequate.
Cobra ACXT145

Cobra ACXT145

This Cobra radio is one of the smallest two-way radios you can get but lacks the range, usability, and battery life to make it great.

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