"Having decided to embark on a solo mission to circumnavigate the globe by bicycle, I researched the market for a GPS tracker that would meet my requirements. SPOT has exceeded my expectations. The tracking service has enabled my family, friends, and social network followers to become part of my journey.
SPOT user, Tim Angus was prepared with SPOT. He sent us his detailed experience about how he got injured snowmobiling and how SPOT initiated his rescue in the Ruby Mountains.
“I was snowmobiling in the Ruby Mountains East of Elko, Nevada. The day was great and the snow was a little bit soft, but a lot of fun. We sled all morning and my friend’s sled was not working well, so we went back to the trucks to change it out for my back up sled. When we returned from the trucks, I headed up the mountain and I was about 10 meters from the top. When I lost control and my sled moved off the track and I became bogged down. The slope was between 60 and 65 degrees, and I was about 1,200 feet at the top of this snow wall. We worked for about 30 minutes to dig out my sled out and with the help of my friend Daniel I remounted my sled.
"I love my SPOT. I like to get out by myself a lot on the Appalachian Trail and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It allows me to stay connected to the outside when I am on the trail. If anything bad happens, I have my security blanket....Thanks so much for your product!"
"I have made a habit of having it with me whenever I ride the motorcycle"
Thursday, 07 April 2011 09:21
"I first was notified of SPOT during a January 2008 Seminar by Peter Cummerfeldt, retired Air Force Survival Instructor. After contacting Global Systems to get more info about how SPOT operated, I made a purchase. I needed something to use on my motorcycle journey throughout Northwest Canada & Alaska to let my family members know I was OK, as well as my location. Since that eight week journey, I have made a habit of having it with me whenever I ride the motorcycle, as well as while traveling in my pick-up truck. Accidents can happen at the most inconvenient locations or times. The Rescue System was a major factor in my decision."
Bruce Wiegers--Showdown at Hart Creek
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 14:24
"I was out exploring with my life-long buddy Bob. We were in the Owyhee desert in the southwest corner of Idaho. The vast Owyhee region is one of the most remote locations in the lower 48 states and where we were today was no exception. There are only four or five actual towns in all of Owyhee County and once outside of these, the population density is about 100 square miles per person. We are always slightly disappointed whenever we see someone else during one of our outings.
One of my sons gave me a SPOT 2 for Christmas. When I tried to activate the SPOT 2, I found out it was recalled due to a battery sensor problem. On February 25th, I finally received my new 2nd generation SPOT device.
I have gone out snowmobiling once with the new SPOT 2, plus my other son has traveled with it for a day. I am happy to report it worked very well in the trees, on the snow high in the mountains and as well as on the open roads.
The SPOT 2 can be a great snowmobile safety item that some of you snowmobilers may want to carry in the future. It also can provide valuable information back to your family and friends during your snowmobile rides.
The SPOT 2 can do 5 things for you:
1. Send a waypoint to a Google Map every 10 minutes when it is activated.
2. Send a short Check-in message to your family and/or friends
3. Send a short Custom message to your family and/or friends
4. Send a Help message to family and/or friends
5. Send an SOS, effectively a 911 call to the big guns for rescue
My two sons are very concerned about their “old man” (me) when I go snowmobiling for the day. I ran my tracks (a waypoint every 10 minutes) from the time I left my home until I return at the end of day. They were able to log on to my SPOT website to see my exact location within the last 10 minutes and to see where I have been since I left my home.
Text and Email Messages
I also sent both boys a phone text message and an email message when I was just about to leave the trailhead at Little Truckee Summit with my friends for the day’s ride. When I got back to the trailhead, I repeated the same message, thereby indicating I had a safe ride for the day. The SPOT website allows you to send any combination of up to 10 phone text and email messages to family and friends.
With a little bit of clever computer work, you can download your SPOT 2 waypoints and plot them on a map at the end of day. You can also save the map and waypoints for future reference.
Where to Carry the SPOT
SPOT recommends that the SPOT 2 device always be facing up for best results. The SPOT 2 device uses two satellite systems. The first is the GPS satellites to receive and decode your exact location.
The second satellite system is the communication satellites that are used to transmit up your waypoints and messages. This information is then retransmitted back to earth and routed to cell phones and/or email servers. Since I always carry a backpack with essential survival gear, I used the supplied SPOT 2 carrying case secured to the top left shoulder backpack strap. This way it is always facing up. Also if I were to get separated from my sled, I have the SPOT 2 to summon help.
Usage of a cell phone to call for help in emergencies should remain your first choice. But if you are unable to get a cell phone signal, then you have a backup means to call for help. There is no iPhone / ATT cell phone signal at the Little Truckee Summit trailhead. The SPOT 2 worked great to provide the extra communication with family.
Be Safe Snowmobiling and always be prepared for the unexpected.