Hiking the Catskills with six-year-olds

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Taking off my hiking boots and Smartwool socks, I step barefoot into the rushing water, telling my six-year-old son to climb up on my back. The river is cold and swift, and there’s simply no easy way to ford it. We are in a wild section of the Catskill mountains in upstate New York, and the only viable camping spot is on the other side of the river. Is Max concerned? A laugh in my ear assures me that he is not. Neither he nor his friend Sophie has been frightened by the slippery vertical trails, the huge pile of bear scat, or the half-dozen poisonous snakes we’ve seen on the trail. So, crossing a river on dad’s back is no problem.

Rescued boater recalls fighting for life in freezing Kakisa Lake waters

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One of the men rescued from a capsized boat in N.W.T.'s Kakisa Lake says he "accepted death" while fighting for his life in tumultuous lake conditions earlier this month — and that it's a miracle he's alive.
Dan Acton and his friends left for a fishing trip on May 16.
After their boat overturned in rough weather conditions, the men made a distress call from a SPOT satellite emergency device. The call was routed to the United States, then to Fort Providence RCMP at 7:20 p.m., who alerted Kakisa Chief Lloyd Chicot.


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You know what they say about any landing you can walk away from……
That is what 79-year old John Gregory of McCall, Idaho did after his Piper Cub PA-18 crashed on top of a 60-foot white fir tree east of McCall Monday night. He had to be extracted from the plane and lowered to the ground by firefighters, but after his feet were firmly on top of snow at the base of the tree, he walked away uninjured.
Mr. Gregory had taken off at Challis and was intending to land at the McCall Airport but the plane lost power.

SPOT products are featured in Mountain Weekly News

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The SPOT Satellite Messenger offers a full-functioned interface. With an integrated keyboard, the SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger offers complete stand-alone functionality.
For family and friends, you can be tracked through a great website called Find Me Spot. Which also shows your past text and trip information for review in the future.
SPOT Gen 2 Long-lasting battery. The built-in, rechargeable, lithium-ion battery offers ten full days of continuous service.
The SPOT X has a rigid mast at the top of the device houses a spherical antenna. You still need to see the sky in order to get this 2-way satellite communicator to work, but thanks to the upgraded antenna you’ll have less trouble in urban or forested environments.

SPOT X featured in Explore Magazine

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An upgrade from the classic Gen3 satellite locator beacon, Spot X adds the ability to send and receive 140-character emails or text messages, along with rudimentary navigational features and, of course, the SOS function. The latter summons emergency assistance via the Globalstar satellite network; the former allows adventurers to stay in touch with home-base; both function when travels go way off-grid. And we appreciate the new month-to-month service plans so we can use the Spot X as needed and shelve it the rest of the time.


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JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard's 1-207 Aviation Battalion rescued three individuals shortly after 10 p.m. Monday about 20 miles northwest of St. Mary's after their plane crashed.
The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at JBER was contacted by a commercial air taxi service after the pilot of the aircraft activated his SPOT personal satellite beacon and made notification of the crash. The AKRCC contacted the Alaska Army National Guard to request assistance from their aviation unit stationed in Bethel.


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WENATCHEE, Wash. - A rock climber suffered injuries and had to be rescued off Liberty Bell Mountain in north central Washington.
Investigator says Benjamin Antonio, 67, of Yakima, WA was injured when a hand hold broke loose as he was climbing the Beckey’s Notch route along the northeast aspect of the mountain - approx. 7,000ft elevation.
According to a witness, Antonio’s rope system held, but he dropped about 10 – 15 feet before slamming into the side of the mountain causing hip and back injuries.

SPOT X Review

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One of the challenges that many hunters and outdoors people face is staying in communication with family and friends while in the field.  Often, our travels take us to places that have little to no cell phone service.  There are a few companies in the marketplace that make products that allow two-way communication as well as the ability to call for help in an emergency.  SPOT has stepped up to the plate and created a device that can do both effectively and efficiently.
Disclaimer: Edward Gramza IV is a Brand Ambassador for SPOT.  The opinions of this review are his and his alone and Edward Gramza IV was not paid for this review and neither was
In May, SPOT came out with their new two-way communication device called the SPOT X.  Like SPOT’s other devices, the SPOT X’s main purpose is to act to send out a beacon to emergency responders to assist you almost anywhere in the world.  Compared to other SPOT devices, the SPOT X also allows two-way communication with first responders as well as family and friends back home.


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For any avid outdoorsman, trekking outside of cellular range is a common occurrence. And whether it be deep sea fishing or backpacking deep into the unknown, staying connected with friends and family throughout the journey can be imperative to keeping safe.
Thankfully, SPOT X is a 2-way satellite messenger that offers direct communication with Search & Rescue services and those close to you in case of a life-threatening emergency.