This, I already have in my phone for well over 5 years now, a HTC Tilt with Garmin GPS Software. I have about 70 hunting stands of mine, The Old Man's, and his OF friends plugged in.lop said:I thought he lost his dog. :
Ok, after the smartarse comment, I looked at your link. looks like it could make someone at home feel better 'bout you being in the woods, but I'm betting that someone with one of these new fancy phones could get an app that would do that for less than a Bennie.
If it would track you as you made your way thru the woods, and replayed it for you that could be good. It would answer the two questions "how do I get out of here?" and "how do I get back to this spot?".
coulter6 said:If you hike along [highlight]way from civilization[/highlight], this is a good idea. There is a monthly fee though.
It's a satellite based device so cell phone service is not necessary.
kaor2 said:I have one. Use it all of the time. My wife loves that she can see where I am when I am out riding the ATV. I like that I can track my travel and review it when I get home. The piece of mind of knowing that if can get help if I break down, or God forbid have an accident is worth every penny.
There are two modes of assistance. You can press one button and have a friend or family member notified of where you are and that you need assistance. You can press 911 to have search and rescue dispatched. I would pay the extra insurance that covers all of the costs of being rescued if you travel deep into the back woods.
One of my riding buddies has used is spot twice to be "rescued" when he as broke his quad on the trail. Both times he was facing a 20+mile walk out of the woods.
If you live in a part of the country where help is a long ways a way and cell phone coverage is only a dream, I would recommend one. I know that the forest services is talking about requiring similar devices for mountain climbers. I know they are chasing after lost climbers around here all the time, especially Mt Hood, and people could be rescued quickly if they had this type of device.
For the cost it is cheap back woods life insurance. Why risk your life. Not to mention all of the search and rescue people that risk their lives tracking down the lost idiots.
Like a GPS, just make sure that you take time to really learn how to use it. Make sure that you have fresh batteries every time you go out. Always have a backup plan!