November 22, 2011 - According to news sources, a 22-year-old Healy man was rescued by Alaska State Troopers after trying to walk almost 50 miles out of the wilderness in temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.
Troopers found the man suffering from frostbite and hypothermia, late Saturday night at an unheated cabin on Healy Creek, about 10 miles east of Healy, a few hours after he hit the SOS button on his SPOT device.
“That Spot Tracker saved his life, there’s not a doubt in my mind,” said Eric Jeffords, one of the two Alaska State Troopers who found him. “I don’t think he would have made it until morning.”
August 2, 2011 - The SPOT GPS Messenger first became important to me after a recent trip to Dinky Creek, CA. Dinky Creek is as deep as you can get in the high sierra wilderness. One access trail at the entrance and the only way out is by kayaking the two day adventure of class V whitewater.
We arrived first at the take-out for the river at Balch Camp. Balch Camp is nothing more than a parking lot deep in a canyon hours from your last bar of cell reception. We prepared our gear and went to bed early to feel fresh for our next days adventure. Early that next morning, we were awakened with Helicopters circling overhead and a few minutes later two Italian kayakers were driven down to our site.
The previous evening they had experienced a horrible accident on the river and one of their teammates and good friends died. It was horrific news that hit all of us deep. They had used a SPOT Messenger to send for help as they lost gear and could not continue out on their own.