It all started as professional photographer Ed Cooley was pursuing his passion looking for the perfect shots in remote areas of the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas when some unstable terrain sent him 30 feet down off the end of a bluff into a creek bed. What followed was a rescue for the ages. For an immediate account of the story, please see the Harrison (Arkansas) Daily. Click Read More below for a summary of the story and more links.
Alone. Pinned under your motorcycle. Outside of cell range. A nightmare for many, this is what Erica from Los Angeles experienced earlier this month. In a remote stretch off Hell's Canyon National Park in Oregon, Erica had nothing but her SPOT to help her.
This week, a small team of environmental activists, adventurers and media professionals are paddling the 130 mile stretch of the Columbia River from Portland, OR to the Pacific Ocean. Through their ethic, “Turning Restoration into Recreation,” the paddlers hope to benefit both the Columbia River watershed and those recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country. Click Read More below to learn about their cause and see how they use SPOT to broadcast their Live Map tracking.
The Coast Guard towed a 26-foot boat to shore after it was disabled 28 miles east of Virginia Beach July 11. A 9-1-1 operator contacted the Coast Guard stating they had received a SPOT notification from the vessel School Zone, which indicated their position. Click here to read the news article.
If lightning doesn’t strike twice, do two SPOT devices initiate rescues at the same time in the middle of nowhere? Well, that happened on Thursday, July 23, 2009 in the mountains of Strathcona Park, British Columbia, Canada. Two separate sets of hikers were each found within about five kilometers of one another after activating their SPOT Messengers. Read the complete story published by the Comox Valley Echo by clicking Read More.
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.