A hiker was dramatically rescued after finding themselves at 12,000 feet, suffering altitude sickness and with no cell coverage to call for help. Fortunately, one member of the party was carrying a motorola defy satellite link and was able to send a message with their precise location data directly via satellite. On this occasion that message was a potentially lifesaving emergency SOS.
About 55 million Americans each year take to the nation’s waterways to engage in freshwater, saltwater, or fly-fishing activities. Whether casting from the beach, out at sea or wading in the creek, it’s one of our most loved ways to enjoy the outdoors.
The USA has 3.5 million miles of rivers, 95,000 miles of shoreline and is home to 3 of the top 5 largest lakes in the world. Kayaking and canoeing are fantastic ways to explore the beauty of these areas. But when you venture out onto the water, preparation, proper gear, and responsible conduct are essential to a safe and enjoyable experience.
Hiking trips can take us into areas with spotty or non-existent cellular coverage. It can be difficult to stay in contact with friends and family, and worse still, if something goes wrong, help may be hours or even days away.