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National Geographic: Gear of the Year 2010

National Geographic has selected the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator as one of its GPS Must-Haves for Fall and Winter. The DeLorme PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator is one of 35 outdoor gear and tech products chosen. “SPOT’s Satellite Communicator pairs with Delorme’s Earthmate PN-60w GPS to create nothing less than a communication revolution: Smart as they are, personal locator beacons such as SPOT are the equivalent of a signal fire.” Other products on the list range from watches, snowboards that turn into a pair of skis to women’s boots made of natural and recycled rubber. Check it out! Learn more at natgeo.com.

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SPOT Messenger Rescues Cyclist

Rescue Profile: Bill and Andreas
Case #: 12629


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Bill Peschka, a Tour Divide Veteran, was cycling in Wyoming as part of an ultra-distance mountain bike race following the Continental Divide from Banff Canada to the Mexican border at Antelope Wells, NM.

One June afternoon, Peschka was cycling in Sweetwater County where he stumbled upon Andreas Fassbender, a German cyclist heading north to Canada. Fassbender had been catapulted off his bike after hitting a patch of deep sand with the front wheel. Fassbender had been lying on the ground waiting for 2 hours as he was unable to connect to local authorities due to lack of cellular coverage. Luckily for Fassbender, Peschka had his SPOT handy.


The SOS was pushed and within 30 minutes, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office had arrived on the scene and was looking for SPOT Owner, Peschka by name. Two ambulances had been dispatched because they were unsure of the road conditions and wanted to get quickly to Fassbender’s aide. They loaded Fassbender into the ambulance and off they went.

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