SPOT woohoo!!!

Their downloadable wallpaper gave me a good laugh.I like how straight forward they are with their marketing. Also, the box that it came in said “WELCOME, Opening this Box is the first step to making sure you don’t come HOME IN ONE”
So, SPOT sent me a transponder for GDR and I’ll be able to get it up and going before then. I still have a lot to learn about it, but I’m very excited about this new gadget. Especially as a female, the first thing everyone asks is “what if something happens to you out there?” Now I’ve got a good response. So far, the guys at SPOT also seem to be very helpful. I’m going to give them a call tomorrow so we can get it set up.

For those of you that are wondering what the heck SPOT is, it’s a tiny transponder that I can use to alert family or 911 if I’m in a bind. It’s designed with backcountry explorers in mind and works “where cell phones don’t” How SPOT works:
– GPS satellites provide coordinates
– SPOT messenger’s onboard GPS chip determines your exact coordinates and sends your loactionand message to the SPOT satellite system
– SPOT commercial satellites relay your message to specific satellite antennas around the world (it works in all of North America, Europe and Australia, portions of South America, Northern Africa and Northeastern Asia and many miles offshore of these areas)
– Satellite antennas and supporting equipment route your message and location to the appropriate network
– your message is delivered according to your instructions via text message, email or emergency notification via the response center
– when you send a message to your contacts or to the 911 center, it includes your exact coordinates and a web link to view your location using google maps

I’ve still got a little manual to read and I’m giving them a call tomorrow. Hopefully I can activate it before the Rim Ride and get something visual up for it. The other feature, that isn’t necessarily for safety is like Mike Curiak is using it in Alaska right now so we can all watch his progress.

I’ll keep you all posted!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tour Divide says:

    cool. these devices will eventually become the documentary tool of choice for self-support solo endeavors. by next weekend SPOT will be going public with data mgmt (meaning you’ll be able to share your data with friends by simply sending them an email link). me definitely thinks they’re a good thing for women to carry on the divide route. Tour Divide has entered into a partnership with SPOT to provide all their racers with demo units and a google earth leaderboard map to track everyone. the program isn’t mandatory but no one on the start list has declined to participate thus far. it’s gonna make for exciting real time coverage. of note is that TD will be treating use of the 911 feature for rescue just like the GDR treats use of a cell phone for rescue: one is DQ’d if feature is used. you may want to investigate what your GDR status will be if you opt to use your 911 feature for help. good luck with your prep.


  2. Mary Collier says:

    I think if I’m pushing the 911 button, I’ve got more to worry about than dnf-ing the race. 🙂


  3. Tour Divide says:

    i guess that would depend if it was pressed b/c you had a broken leg or b/c a drunk driver on the pueblo pintado reservation in chaco, nm was trying repeatedly to run you off the road…or perhaps you’re treed by a bear for an hour and a half. in both latter instances, assuming you came out ok, it would be a reasonable urge to want to continue racing. my point there was simply to say, “use the 911 feature judiciously”, since it’s tantamount to using a cell phone for emergencies. regardless, its a good safety device and i’m sure your family will be happy to hear from you several times a day via text messaging as you cruise the wilds of the divide. the new spot website is up. check it out.


  4. Mary Collier says:

    Of course.

    Yeah, the new site looks great. Since I activated it, I’ve logged in to check all my o.k.s from this last weekends overnighter – cool stuff.


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