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Hear it from SAR

june11_heloWe’ve heard rescue experiences from SPOT users, but have you ever wondered what it’s like from the other end of the SPOT SOS spectrum?

It turns out a few search and rescue team members across North America are SPOT users just like you! They’ve sent us rescue stories and tips on enduring a rescue situation if you ever have to press the SOS button.

 

A SPOT user and member of a Colorado mountain rescue team shared with us some of his recommendations on what fellow SPOT users can do to help SAR find you if you ever have to activate SOS.

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Washington State Patrol Trooper Rescued After Going On Solo Hike

june11_trooperAfter breaking off from a group, Friday, May 13, off-duty Washington state trooper, Dan Anderson went on a solo hike in the Cascade Mountains. Before settling for the night, Anderson realized he had lost his tent somewhere along the hike. Without proper protection from the rain and snow, he was unable to withstand the freezing temperature in his sleeping bag.

 

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Is Your Roadside Assistance Satellite-based? Ours Is!

may11_roadsideThe car is loaded up and your family is eagerly waiting to arrive at the campground.  Unfortunately your car breaks down halfway in the middle of nowhere and it’s getting dark. With no cell service, you can’t call for a tow truck. Luckily, you remembered to take SPOT on the trip.


Before you head out on the road, make sure you have SPOT Assist Roadside. It’s the one and only 100% satellite roadside assistance service available on the market. Unlike OnStar or AAA, SPOT Assist sends your request for roadside assistance via satellite independent of cellular service range. Don’t be left on a remote highway with a broken down auto. Just a quick press of a button or a selection on your smartphone powered by SPOT Connect can get you roadside help.

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The Everyday Stories Behind our Customers

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Whether you’re out at sea, riding the open road or hiking the trail, SPOT can assist you in a time of dire need or allow others to track your location. Read some of the latest experiences our loyal SPOT customers have sent us.


SPOT user, Thomas Doss and his daughter planned on going for a ride on their snowmobiles. Equipped with survival gear, they expected the unexpected; a leisurely ride in the snow turned into a critical situation. Thomas wrote us about his experience using SPOT that helped saved his daughter.

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“Out in the Wilderness” with SPOT

 

We had a blast running our SPOT Facebook T-shirt design contest! Our customers and fans wowed us with their creativity! Out of 25 entries, we chose “Out in the Wilderness” by Paul Lycett.

 

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Congratulations Paul! You won a SPOT Connect with a year of SPOT Basic Service, Track Progress and a 100 Type & Send custom message bundle. Paul will also receive 12 t-shirts with his “Out in the Wilderness” design so that he and his friends and family can represent SPOT!

Thank you to all those who participated!

Check out some of our other favorite designs…

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Coast Guard Rescues Injured Hiker Near Shubrick Peak



Dale, a retired community college administrator and instructor, is an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist. At the age of 67, he now spends most of his free time hiking through the backcountry of Oregon and California alone and with fellow backpackers.

Like many hikers, Dale often worried about connectivity during his travels. This is why SPOT peaked his interest when reading one of his favorite magazines. Soon after, Dale visited REI to purchase his first SPOT device. In celebration of Memorial Day, Dale and 7 other hikers ranging from ages 51 to 74 decided to take a five day trip to Mattole Beach Campground near Petrolia, California. This time, he made sure to add his new SPOT Gen 3™ as a "must bring" item.

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