Don’t miss the first kayak descent of the Lower Congo Rapids, the highest volume rapids in the world at 1.25 million cubic feet per second. SPOT Ambassador Trip Jennings will appear on the National Geographic Channel show Explorer: "Monster Fish of the Congo”, which tells the tale of this epic adventure to explore the Congo River, its people and its species.
Be sure to tune in on February 10 at 7 p.m. or 10 p.m. (PST) or 10 p.m. (EST).
We're just glad that Jason McNeil, Trophy Truck #50 driver in the Baja 1000 Race is ok! That's an amazing feat, considering looking at how his SPOT unit fared out after a truck fire got a hold of it. McNeil even finished 11th in the Trophy Truck Class after his truck burned! We received the unit at the office, fired it up and it seems to be working ok!
It's like Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure! But wait, this one is Jesse and Bruce. We thought it sounded like an epic mission: Jesse and Bruce Walk America to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Actually, Bruce was unable to partake in the event so Jesse Simmons is solo and just got started on January 6. The route should take 5 months and cover roughly 3,800 miles. Jesse will be filming the entire trip for an upcoming documentary. So everyone can see the progress, Jesse has posted a SPOT Shared page. Jesse plans to hit the “check-in” button a couple times a day. See more or donate to this great cause at http://jesseandbrucewalkamerica.com/
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute has selected SPOT as a VIP (Very Innovative Product) Award winner. SPOT is featured on page 117 of the February 2009 issue of Good Housekeeping. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute evaluates thousands of new products every year. The winners of the VIP Awards truly stand out for their inventive approaches to helping families improve their lives in ingenious ways, big and small. They represent groundbreaking advances in technology and product design, and each has been reviewed by the scientists in the Research Institute to determine that the product performs effectively.
As seen in the Los Angeles Times on December 15, 2008:
Gifts for Exercisers and Outdoor Enthusiasts
By Roy Wallack
Spot Satellite Personal Tracker
Safety first. This device, using GPS and Spot's network, ensures that people can find you -- or at least find where you were just before you dropped into a hole. It tracks you in real time via Google Maps, so your loved ones can "watch" you, and it can send three types of messages: a regular "I'm OK" to a predesignated e-mail address, an "I need assistance" alert to the same, and has a 911 "help" button that goes to the Coast Guard or a search-and-rescue or other group. It retains your route history, posting your location on a website every 10 minutes. The device floats, handles temperatures down to 40 degrees and works in North America, Europe and Australia, and some of South America, Africa and Asia.
-Wallack is an Irvine-based health and fitness writer.
Ron Avery, President and Director of Training for The Practical Shooting Academy, Inc. and Executive Director of the non-profit, Rocky Mountain Tactical Institute - both training institutions dedicated to professional firearms and tactics courses, higher police standards and training and use of force research, reviews SPOT in The PoliceOne Firearms Corner. With SPOT, even officers or emergency personnel operating far outside of cell phone coverage can send in updates or distress calls about their whereabouts.