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Stay Prepared and Prosper!

june11_prepareBefore you head out on that long, much needed adventure vacation, prepare yourself with skills and proper equipment. We’ve come up with a few friendly reminders to get you started.

General Preparedness Tips:

Expect the unexpected. Here are some basic things to do before each adventure:

  • Do your research before you go.
  • Sharpen your skills. First Aid, Wilderness Response, CPR… A little investment goes a long way.
  • Select the proper equipment for your adventure.

Recommended SPOT User Tips:

Here at SPOT, we’re all about safety and we care about our customers. Here are some recommended tips on how you can be prepared, stay safe and get the most out of using SPOT:

  • Educate Yourself: Make sure you’ve read your SPOT user manual.
  • Update Your User Profile: Fill out your profile with as much information and update your info before each trip. Doing so could greatly assist rescuers in a 911/SOS emergency.
  • Educate Others: Make sure your personal contacts know they’ll be receiving SPOT messages and how they should respond.
  • Practice: Test your casual SPOT message functions before you head out.
  • Pack Light but Pack Smart: Pack an extra set of batteries.
  • Have questions? Visit SPOT FAQs!

Check out more helpful tips from SPOT at findmeSPOT.com/Prepared.

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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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