Should Use SPOT?
a former SAR Tech-EMT with 14 years of experience and more than
350 SAR missions, it is my opinion that every hunter, hiker, dirt
biker, fisherman, horseback rider, backpacker, geocacher, 4 wheeler,
ATVer, cross country skier, snow mobiler, mountain climber, desert
racer, adventure racer, mountain biker, Forest Ranger, Game Warden,
etc., etc., should carry a SPOT device. Period.
#1: SPOT Saves the day, and the stolen motorcycle at the Baja 1000
one figured the best use of the SPOT was for retrieving a STOLEN
motorcycle in the middle of the Baja 1000!! Seems that after one
of our riders was evacuated from a crash in a remote area by helicopter,
some opportunistic vultures decided to steal the bike. While they
had the presence of mind to knock off the rallytracker, they obviously
did not know there was a SPOT Satellite Messenger located on the
bike. Thanks to the SPOTcasting tracking feature, the bike was retrieved!
SPOT saved what was left of the day. SPOT served us well for tracking
our race progress as well as alerting us to obvious malicious, criminal
activity after our rider went down, in effect—-the new Baja
501x Team Rider
2007 Baja 1000
9-1-1 Messaging Offers Communication at Home
wife Debbie says that SPOT is the best thing since soft butter.
The folks that called her from the GEOS Emergency Service Center
that SPOT uses for 9-1-1 dispatching, were kind, caring, and friendly.
After I pressed 9-1-1 and notified emergency responders that I was
in trouble, they kept her up to date and called her many times to
check on her and report the progress of the rescue. It’s damn
tough being the one at home wondering where your other half is and
how he is. She thinks I should have my SPOT surgically implanted
so I’m always safe.
and Rescue Runs Field Test with SPOT
you for allowing us the opportunity to evaluate your product. At
this time I do not know what position the Sheriff’s office
is going to take regarding obtaining these units, but I personally
think it would be a valuable tool for our team to have. And, besides
Search and Rescue, I can envision many potential users for it in
both the public and private sectors. Lastly (and most important)
I belive that, in the near future, we will be seeing 9-1-1 SPOT
activations which will result in much prompter rescues….as
well as lives saved. Well Done SPOT.
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
Sponsors Team Across the Atlas 2008
SPOT Unit is a great product that can find the right use in many
different situations and adventures. We tested it during a ski trip,
but I think that a long hiking trip would be perfect too. We loved
the fact that when our cell phones would get out of range, the Spot
Unit kept functioning. I know for sure that our friends and family
appreciated seeing our position on the web, as the adventure progressed.
It also created a buzz in the media world: newspapers, TVs and radios
loved the idea to track our exact spot on a daily basis. The downside
is that you can’t hide anymore…. either you make it,
or you don’t. Everyone can see it. Just joking of course,
we loved it ! and we’ll definitely use it again on all of
our future trips."
Team Across the Atlas 2008
New Record for Skiing All 28 California Resorts in 4 days, 10 hours
and 7 minutes.