Zac Sunderland, a 17-year old from Marina del Rey, California, departed June 14, 2008 in an attempt to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world alone by sailboat. We've supported him with a SPOT and now he is on the home stretch just a short way away in the Panama Canal.
Even encountering pirates along the way at one point, SPOT has been a great tool for Zac and provided peace of mind to his friends and family. Check out this story where after communication gaps, his family was finally updated when Zac used his SPOT GPS Messenger to send an OK Message.
As seen in the economist.com on May 15, 2009:
Satellite phones go where mobiles fear to tread - Imagine the possibilities when such a hand-held gizmo (SPOT) can beam video as well as voice, GPS location and instant messaging.
Check out this article from the authority in scholarly business news, the Economist, on SPOT, the critical need for satellite communications away from cell coverage and the future of the industry. Click here to read.
No, we’re not talking about a job advertisement; we’re talking about the words coming from JT at shootingresources.com. See his interesting review of SPOT and how its design and functionality help thousands live up to the challenge of making it back in one piece while exploring or doing some of life’s most dangerous work. JT: “…It was the longest and probably the most in depth testing we have ever done. We did this for a reason though. This was designed as a rescue device and as such you are putting your life on the line with this one piece of equipment. This is your last hope of rescue or survival therefore it must work flawlessly. So before I would say “yes this works go check it out,” I want to make sure that I trust it with not only my life but those that are closest to me too. So how did the SPOT hold up after all of this? It was nothing short of amazing to be honest. The SPOT is tough plain and simple, there is not much in the normal world that is going to break this device. It held up under every harshness that we threw at it. It needed just a little more than cleaning or to pick it up and dust it off. Sure it shows a little cosmetic wear but who cares it still works.” Click here for the full review.
Will you be on the road this summer, often outside of cell service and cellular-based roadside assistance coverage? Listen to SPOT Ambassador Brian Brawdy and learn how SPOT provides a GPS safety system for you and your loved ones. Click here to read the full article and see a SPOT video demonstration.
Whether boating just off the beach or 50 miles out, make sure you can be heard. Read the full article as seen in Boating Life.
By Randy Vance
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.