Rescue Beacon & Insurance

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  1. Swineflu

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    I'm going to purchase a GPS rescue beacon and some insurance to help offset any search and rescue costs. Any advice on either? Any direct experience with either? i.e. anybody ever needed a rescue?
     
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    Where are you going to go? Around Austin I would just call 911. I have used a SPOT in the past.
     
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    All over the US, was wanting it for back country travels, river trips where I sleep on islands etc.
     
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    You might reconsider the expense. A lot of the country is blanketed in cell towers. You have to get into some pretty deep woods to get out of range and then IMHO you should not ever go alone so self rescue would be an option. If you have to have one I would consider a sat phone. It’s good for a lot more than simply saying “help me”. You can also test it by simply calling people.
     
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    1. If you know where you are going, establish with some one that is extremely dependable, and plan you trip so that they know where you are and where your are going next ,to the end that if they do not hear from you they call SAR .
     
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    InReach is probably the way to go. I’ve used it when leading 4 day backpacking trips and the check in feature worked great. I’ve had to evacuate people before but never activated the SOS feature.
    Can’t help you with the insurance part.
     
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    I have a SPOT. Never needed to use it for an emergency. I did send location updates on a few trips.
    If I was going to look for a similar unit again I'd check InReach as well. One thing with the SPOT is that they jack up the cost of the service after the first year.
    Make sure when you shop you understand the service costs going out a few years.
     
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    Realized maybe this goes in the preparedness forum, oh well. I decided on the Garmin Inreach mini. It is pricier than the spot, but seems to have better reviews, more features I'll probably wish I had after I've used it in the field a few times. I've also heard some not-so-good things about the SPOT offline as well. I'll probably end up purchasing the insurance that is tied in with the Garmin and the folks that monitor the SOS calls from the Garmin, but need to do more research to reach that decision.
     
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    I read the title as "Rescue Bacon".

    Man, am I disappointed.:(
     
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    Mmmmmmmmmm! Bacon!
     

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