Emergency back country communication devices

For years I’ve been out in the back country, often solo. This weekend 3 of us were out riding in the back country. We were on single track and pretty far from any logging roads, when we came across another small group of moto riders. One of the guys had busted his leg pretty badly.

His foot was turned around so that it faced the “wrong” way.

The group had a “spot” satellite messenger and sent out an “S.O.S” but were not sure if it worked, so we took down some phone numbers to contact when we got back into cell service which was about a 4 hour ride away.

When we got back into cell service and called our moto buddy’s contact we were happy to hear that his S.O.S message had been received and that he got a heli flight out to the nearest hospital.

I have never carried such an emergency device but on the way home, definitely did some deep thinking about getting one.

There are quite a few different units to choose from, though I am leaning toward an In Reach product for the two-way communication and GPS features.

 

 

 

 

Satellite messenger reviews:

http://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/camping-and-hiking/best-personal-locator-beacon

https://www.johnnestler.com/blog/2015/11/choosing-a-satellite-device-delorme-inreach-se-vs-spot-gen3

 

2 thoughts on “Emergency back country communication devices

  • August 1, 2017 at 3:07 am
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    Thank you very much for calling our contact, it was very helpful to get the information to her. The helicopter came at 5pm and left at 6pm. A big thanks to Pemberton Search and Rescue and Blackcomb Helicopters for their excellent help.
    The other two who went in to recover the moto on Sunday ran into a small group, one person had broken their leg previously in the backcountry and had used the In-Reach system (I believe) to call for rescue. The Spot System worked however it would have been beneficial to know that the message had been received, the In-Reach system allows for some limited two-way communication. From this experience two-way communication would be a benefit.
    Again thanks to you and your group for making the calls. Our injured friend had surgery today and is on his way to recovery.

    • June 11, 2018 at 1:13 am
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      It’s getting close to that time of year when we can get back out there. We hope Karl has recovered and ready to ride! See you on the trails!

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