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#188669 - 11/19/09 09:47 PM Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho
camerono Offline
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Registered: 02/19/05
Posts: 146
I took a few weeks in early August 2009 to do a cross country solo in N. Idaho. I used SPOT to keep immediate family up to date on my progress. (About 40 to 50 miles cross country)

I was in deep valleys and high ridges. Dense cover and open fields.

I returned with a very happy family that had the fun of tracking me every night and a lot less concern for my well being. To put it bluntly Mom and Grandma slept better at night.

I would be happy to answer any questions any one may have about my personal use of the product.

Excellent in my opinion!

Standard: I have no affiliation with SPOT or affiliates.

Cameron

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#188702 - 11/20/09 02:54 AM Re: Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho [Re: camerono]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Spot or Spot II ?

Weather?

How many messages sent?

GPS tracking?

Anything contrary to Mr. Ritter's reviews?

Thanks.

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#188713 - 11/20/09 05:15 AM Re: Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho [Re: camerono]
hikermor Online   content
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7342
Loc: southern Cal
Judging from Ritter's recent evaluation, would it be correct to assume that you did not immerse yours to any significant extent?
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#188831 - 11/21/09 05:55 PM Re: Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho [Re: dweste]
camerono Offline
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Registered: 02/19/05
Posts: 146
Original Spot

Had rain for up to 5 days in a row and it transmitted fine all days.

Sent 24 messages

Yes I was able to put together a nice Google Earth map of my tracks when I got home.

Nothing contrary to the review.

Cameron
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#188832 - 11/21/09 05:56 PM Re: Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho [Re: hikermor]
camerono Offline
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Registered: 02/19/05
Posts: 146
Correct. This was a real live situation and I took every effort to make sure the unit was dry at all times.

Cameron
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#188928 - 11/22/09 11:04 PM Re: Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho [Re: camerono]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
Good report and followup answers. Thanks.

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#188930 - 11/22/09 11:41 PM Re: Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho [Re: camerono]
SwampDonkey Offline
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Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 1268
Loc: Northeastern Ontario, Canada
In August/September this year my son did a trip from Yellowknife NWT overland and by float plane into Virgina Falls on the Nahanni River, the group then canoed down the Nahanni and were extracted a week later at the road access on the Laird River.

I enjoyed following along their journey on the computer sat. map and as a parent it give me a comforting feeling to know where he was at. There was about a 10 minute delay from when the signal was sent till the location was updated on my computer screen at home.

Mike

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#188942 - 11/23/09 03:17 AM Re: Used SPOT for 23 day solo in remote N. Idaho [Re: SwampDonkey]
CANOEDOGS Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1852
Loc: MINNESOTA
i've seen the movies of that part of the world..wonderful and wild but i think i would like everyone to know where i was within 10 minutes if something went wrong!!!..

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