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Spot Trace keeps an eye on the big stuff

Everyone has had stuff stolen. It’s a horrible feeling to go looking for something only to realize it’s grown legs and walked off. That sick in the stomache barely contained fury needs to be answered, and we’ve found the key. For all your big toys, this small tracker will give you the peace of mine that it’s still right where you left it, or it will leave you a digital breadcrumb trail to go get it back. SPOT’s TRACE is a 2.5″x2″ waterproof (IPX7 1m for 30 min) box that will tell you if your toy starts moving without you. It’s small enough to hide just about anywhere, and the black on black blends right in. The unit comes with a USB power option to extend the life of the unit (not waterproof if this is set up) for long-term storage, but the included 4 AAA lithium batteries have a life expectancy of up to 4.5 months. The unit monitors movement and sends an alert via text or e-mail if it’s disturbed at  5, 10, 30 or 60 minute intervals (also at 2.5 min intervals for the extreme monitoring plan). The plans are $99 per year or $9.99 per month for the basic option, and double that for the extreme plan.

We’ve been testing how well the SPOT TRACE works tracking my car for the past month. This gave us an accelerated view of what happens when an asset moves. I received the TRACE and within a few minutes the account was set up and it was relaying location data to the web-based map interface which was accurate enough to show it was in my garage at the time. The alerts are delayed slightly because of the monitoring intervals (I set it for 2.5 minutes). So there are points to track and a final stopping point which was always accurate and would be extremely useful if you were really trying to chase down the location. The satellite GPS system can track the asset just about anywhere in the world, but will lose some accuracy at speeds over 700 mph. So if Dr. Evil boosts your boat, it may be a bit hard to track back to his island lair.

Overall, if it’s worth storing, it’s worth protecting and the SPOT TRACE is exactly what you’ll need to keep an eye on it from just about anywhere. Visit them at findmespot.

SPOT also has some personal GPS devices that are great for your loved ones (and rescuers) to keep tabs on your location in the wild. So if the unexpected happens, you can make it home with a bit of help. Last week, SPOT announced it’s 4000th rescue. That’s the kind of thing we love to hear, when a product makes it safer to enjoy the woods we all win. Read more about it at findmespot.

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Spot Global Phone


Many of the best places to go hunting have limited to no cell phone service. While this is not a problem most of the time, it can make for a dangerous situation if you run into trouble and need to call for help.

One option is to use a device like the SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS messenger. Another option is to use a satellite phone, like the SPOT Global Phone.

SPOT Global Phone is a portable (~5.3 inches x 2.2 inches x 1.5 inches), lightweight (~7 ounces), satellite phone that is specifically designed to allow you to make phone calls from remote locations around the world.

Since it is a satellite phone, the SPOT Global Phone is not dependent upon cell service for communication. This makes it an ideal choice for people who spend a lot of time outside of normal cell phone service, like backcountry hunters, hikers, and campers.

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Spot Saves


Motorcyclist Hits Rough Patch in Los Padres National Forest

Rescue Profile: Alfred Moore
Case #: 15780

Helicopter that rescued fellow hiker

Alfred Moore, an outdoor aficionado from Southern California, has been riding motorcycles for four years, on average 3-5 days a week. He and seven of his buddies recently went on a three-day weekend camping trip in the Los Padres National Forest. On the second day, Alfred and one other were tailing at the end of their group when he hit a switchback in the soft sand and took a hard fall.

After his friend helped pull his bike off of him, Alfred realized he was in bad shape. “The initial pain was horrific, but then I lost feeling in my leg below my knee cap,” he stated. Alfred’s first instinct was to call his wife, Tiffanie. After dropped calls due to poor cell coverage, he grabbed his SPOT Gen3 that his wife convinced him to purchase just days prior to trip and pressed the S.O.S button.

Back at home, Tiffanie received the call from GEOS International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center. She had told GEOS that she suspected he was in trouble after the attempted calls he had made earlier but didn’t know what was wrong. They assured her help was on the way to his location and that they would be back in touch with her to provide an update.

Helicopter that rescued fellow hiker

Within an hour and a half after Alfred initiated the S.O.S., the Los Padres National Forest Rangers arrived on scene. They quickly loaded him into their truck and wrapped him in blankets to keep him from going into shock. He was then transferred by helicopter to Natividad Medical Center where Tiffanie met him.

After x-rays it was determined that Alfred had three separate fractures in his ankle. He was then transferred to Southern California Kaiser Permanente Hospital where he had surgery to place permanent pins and screws into his ankle.

After the rescue, Alfred speaks out to his family and friends, “SPOT SAVED MY LIFE!  SPOT is a must-have piece of gear for any outdoor enthusiast and is the best investment I ever made.  No one would have known exactly where I was without SPOT that day and I would have been alone. I won’t leave the house without it.”