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Old 10-07-2016, 10:03 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
Having followed some stories about folks in trouble technology today would save lives that would otherwise get lost. The hike in Maine comes to mind. She had a SPOT and left it in the last motel room with her husband, walked off the trail to do a potty break and was not sure how to get back. Her response was to walk the wrong way looking for a cell signal to call for help. It appears she lived at least a week camped in the wrong place waiting for rescue. If she had kept her SPOT with her she would have been rescued. Anyone who does back country has to do the equation of how much they are willing to spend to avoid dying when something bad happens.
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Old 10-08-2016, 07:59 AM   #16
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Basically a satellite based limited communications device and tracker. It has an emergency button like an emergency rescue beacon as well as a limited capability to send messages. Also allows a third party to track the user. Delorme developed it and Garmin bought them apparently to get that part of the business. They might get better maps that way too. ;-) They are scene more in back country publications but perfectly reasonable in any RV type usage as long as they can get to the satellites more or less like a GPS does.

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