Iridium Extreme 9575
With Spot satellite trackers, DeLorme inReach satellite text messengers, satellite phones, satellite wifi hubs to enable smart phones, PLBs and EPIRBs there are some fantastic options on the market to be ready for the side of adventuring we prefer not to dwell on.
Working out which device or devices to own and carry can be a challenge. We have paired our carry down to two, and these come with us on all adventures.
Firstly our PLB sits quietly in case the proverbial ever hits the fan. It is small, robust and waterproof. It could be whipped out and activated in the middle of an ocean, on the side of a whitewater river or out the back of beyond. It sends an emergency signal via satellite with the location of the registered user to the relevant authority worldwide. In Australia the authority is AMSA, if you sit tight they will coordinate a rescue. These devices are relatively inexpensive and many that have perished after walking away from broken down vehicles in Australian deserts would likely still be with us if they had made the investment.
Back to satellite phones, and why we choose to carry one:
- With our PLB registration we have lodged our satellite phone number with AMSA. In situations where it is possible we would turn this on as well as activating the PLB. The advantage here is we can speak with AMSA and provide details of the life threatening emergencies; making it safer for the rescuers and likely a more smooth and efficient rescue.
- They are great for staying in touch via text or phone. For letting people now that your adventures are going well, where you are at, and for checking in on things at home. We use a lot of text, however calls are a great option.
- Some logistics are hard to coordinate via text. If you break down and need a tow or part this can be arranged only via phone.