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    I'm not getting the "Take this spray and you'll figure it out" approach. If someone does a regular patrol, go talk to them first. I think they'd have some better ideas.
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    This seems like a good place to bring up the Pyramid of self-defense. Lots of good reading
    http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/pyramid.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
    Looks pretty good. Wonder about the negative reviews if they just didn't know how to use the thing properly or as the one guy said it could have been the terrain, he was in canyons and what not. Wouldn't have to worry about that in this case.
    For the record, I might be wrong in my assumption that hitting the SOS button should bring a very fast response, if your wife ever needed one on a local, urban trail. All the stuff about being able to find her and to see a trail showing how she got to where she is is true, and it's also true that it's easier to press a button than to dial 9-1-1 and have a short conversation with the police operator. But since these are usually used to call for a rescue in the mountains or out at sea, they go through a dispatch that organizes a search and rescue team, and the truth is I don't know how long it would take.

    Here's a long thread where people discuss SEND and PLB devices on a local hiking forum. Several of these people have been rescued in the mountains, and many of them have much more insight than I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
    Looks pretty good. Wonder about the negative reviews if they just didn't know how to use the thing properly or as the one guy said it could have been the terrain, he was in canyons and what not. Wouldn't have to worry about that in this case.
    I don't have any experience with the InReach unit, but I have used my Spot extensively over the past four years, which is the same basic device without the texting. While there can be some dead spots in canyons, they are relatively rare. The most common operator error that I have heard of is people wearing them on their sleeve. The antenna surface really does need to see the sky in order for it to work. I usually strap mine onto my stem, but I have also clipped it to my upper back as I ride through the coast range in OR. My sister-in-law uses one for backpacking in the Sierra and has never had any problems. (Her typical trip consists of thirty miles per day over a two to three week period. She's hardcore.)

    Maybe when my next tracking contract comes due on my Spot I'll switch over to the InReach. It looks like a good device.

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