Always take navigation gear to stay found and help keep a survival situation from developing.
But since I had open heart surgery in December of  2012, my wife gets edgy when I head out on a solo trip. Still, even though I follow the safe wilderness travel protocol, it’s natural to be concerned if a loved one is out of cell phone range in an isolated area.
The concept is simple – push a button and emergency responders will come to your rescue, even if you don’t have cell phone service, almost anywhere in the world.
When you do the math, you may decided a SPOT is too expensive for the little time it will realistically be used.
The new device also provides visual feedback (flashing lights) when it’s turned on and off, when you enable and disable tracking or when you send one of your two pre-canned message.
In addition, the SPOT Gen 3 is also waterproof and has a USB port which you can use to add capabilities to it, upgrade the device’s firmware to fix bugs and future proof your investment, and which brings it into the world of “smarter” devices. When I’m off the beaten trail hunting or fishing, the area can be quite isolated, and there may not be any people through there for quite a while.
A SPOT is like a life insurance policy, spare tire, life jacket, extra compass or first aid kit.
Leon Pantenburg is a wilderness enthusiast, and doesn't claim to be a survival expert or expertise as a survivalist. As a newspaperman and journalist for three decades, covering search and rescue, sheriff's departments, floods, forest fires and other natural disasters and outdoor emergencies, Leon learned many people died unnecessarily or escaped miraculously from outdoor emergency situations when simple, common sense might have changed the outcome. Leon now teaches common sense techniques to the average person in order to avert potential disasters. After graduating from Iowa State University, Leon completed a six-month, 2,552-mile solo Mississippi River canoe trip from the headwaters at Lake Itasca, Minn., to the Gulf of Mexico.
His wilderness backpacking experience includes extended solos through Yellowstone’s backcountry; hiking the John Muir Trail in California, and numerous shorter trips along the Pacific Crest Trail. Some of Leon's canoe trips include sojourns through the Okefenokee Swamp and National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, the Big Black River swamp in Mississippi and the Boundary Waters canoe area in northern Minnesota and numerous small river trips in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest. Since 1991, Leon has been an assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 18 in Bend, and is a scoutmaster wilderness skills trainer for the Boy Scouts’ Fremont District.
Leon earned a second degree black belt in Taekwondo, and competed in his last tournament (sparring and form) at age 49.


You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. The original Pocket Survival Pak was already an excellent kit to carry in your aircraft or out into the backcountry.
According to the NTSB website, there were over 1,100 non-fatal general aviation accidents in 2010. These items give you the ability to handle harsh conditions and provide the means by which you can survive until help arrives. Easily Goes Where You Do At 5oz in weight, the Pocket Survival Pak Plus is incredibly easy to carry almost anywhere. Combine with Other Products to Make a Comprehensive Package By itself, the Pocket Survival Pak Plus is a great investment in protection for the unexpected. 406 MHz Personal Locator Beacon is properly registered and that all information is up-to-date. Quality compatibility are guaranteed with EBC’s accessories and replacement components.
Always take navigation gear along and don’t get a false sense of security from taking along a SPOT.
Even 15 miles from my home, there are dead areas where cell phones don’t have coverage. The SPOT operates on a private satellite network, called GEOS, instead of the public, international one used by other similar devices. The fall hunting seasons don’t have the large numbers of people that are out in the summer, and your chances of a rescuer stumbling across you could be pretty slim. Give the SPOT to someone if you decide to go your separate ways and re-connect later in the day.
In the aftermath of a hurricane or tornado, cell towers may be gone, meaning no phone coverage.
I sent the SPOT out with my daughter today when she went on a hike with a couple of her friends.
He is an enthusiastic Bluegrass mandolin picker and fiddler and two-time finalist in the International Dutch Oven Society’s World Championships. Now Doug Ritter has teamed up with Adventure Medical Kits and included a number of specially designed additions to make the Pocket Survival Pak Plus.


While there are no statistics to show how many of these were in isolated, backcountry areas of the US, it's a good bet that at least some of them were.
It's small size makes packing it in a flight bag, purse, medical kit, or storage compartment possible and yet it carries so many important tools. When you combine this survival package with our own Medical Kit, you get a comprehensive package that will not only help you survive a difficult outdoor circumstance, but can help you deal with emergency medical situations you are likely to encounter as well. You may wander off into areas you shouldn’t go, with the false confidence that you could be easily rescued.
Every technique, piece of equipment or skill recommended on this website has been thoroughly tested and researched.
These additions now allow you to make shelter, trap or catch food, signal, start a fire and more whenever you are trapped in isolated places.
The waterproof package protects the contents from moisture, even when dropped directly in water.
You must renew your membership annually, even if you’ll only use the SPOT on summer vacation.
All of the supplies are contained within a waterproof welded-fabric pouch that easily fits in your pocket, a flight bag, or almost anywhere else!
This survival package is so easy to carry, it can go with you on all of your outdoor expeditions.
Doug Ritter and Adventure Medical Kits can help you answer those questions with the Pocket Survival Pak Plus. Kits - Rec Sterile Packs First Aid & Medical Kits Oxygen Administration AED Kits - Commercial Grade AED Kits - Rec. By taking the contents of the original Pocket Survival Pak and combining Doug Ritter approved tools like the E-Gear PICO LED flashlight and Katadyn Micropur water purification tablets, the Pocket Survival Pak Plus can help you make a shelter, gather food and more during a dire situation.



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