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Brad
06-15-2009, 10:36 AM
A friend has just activated a Spot unit for a few days of hiking in Peru. It will be interesting to see how well it works there. I believe the tracking will really start tomorrow - June 16th, 2009.

http://bit.ly/peru-tracker

spyboy
06-15-2009, 03:57 PM
I thought you meant Peru, Maine until I looked at the map :(

mahony
06-15-2009, 04:23 PM
This is a pretty cool product. My wife always worries when I go out and do a solo.

I imagine that 40 years from now they will have fences surrounding Mount Washington and you will need a permit and one of these devices to track you. When you step off the path you will be fined, if you make a wrong turn they will warn you off, they will track your litter with RFID and track it back to you. If the weather conditions do not match your stored experience profile they will immediately send out a search party....:D

Brad
06-15-2009, 05:00 PM
I thought you meant Peru, Maine until I looked at the map :(
What is interesting about Facebook is - you can keep in touch with friends. And you learn all sorts of things about what they are doing. I would not have had a clue otherwise. One is off in Turkey now, another just went to Kenya for 3 months, another got back from Brazil. This friend (Cameron) just wanders. I do mean that. He finds a way of getting to places and doing things which are fun to follow. It is his hiking friend who has the Spot unit. Cameron needs one too!

To stay in New Zealand a few years ago, he worked on a sheep farm. He worked at the South Pole with a couple of x-MWObservers. He did a 100 mile cross country ski trek in the White Mountains of Alaska this spring. Flew Navy jets off the California coast for a few days. Called on friends to play Ultimate Frisbee in Central Park (NYC). He got to Peru the other day by sailing a 65 foot sailboat from Bermuda to Panama and then went through the canal. You might read a bit about him at his web site http://www.offyonder.com . Oh, and one fall he was caretaker for Gray Knob cabin for the RMC. He does get around.

I have no idea what hiking they will be doing in Peru. But hopefully we can see Spot run - or walk.

Brad
06-16-2009, 05:36 AM
It looks like the guys took a group of 27 kids up to a waterfall yesterday. A 2 hour drive - then a 2 hour hike to the falls.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/album.php?aid=2010778&id=113100846&ref=nf

The Spot tracking is supposed to start today.

CHRIS
06-16-2009, 07:14 AM
Has anybody ever tried one of these in the Whites? I am in the same boat as Mahony my wife hates it when I go hiking which is usually solo and we all know how cell phones are.

mtruman
06-16-2009, 08:20 AM
The guy who was doing the AT speed record hike last year had one. The reports through the whites were inconsistent but there was speculation that it was because he wasn't pushing the button to broadcast. In theory it should be good since it is purely satellite communications. The only issue could be line of sight when in deep woods (same as with a GPS). I believe that the SPOT units were what they were using on the recent Discovery Channel series The Alaska Experiment for the participants to use to signal whne they were giving up and wanted the chopper to pick them up.

Brad
06-16-2009, 08:38 AM
This unit in Peru is to be set up to transmit every 10 minutes - according to what Cameron told me last night. The fellow doing the AT went through several units as they kept breaking. I think he was set to only transmit when he pressed the button. He had lots of connectivity issue in Maine and the Whites - but things were not much better later in the "hike".

CHRIS
06-16-2009, 08:50 AM
Thanks guys.

Brad
06-16-2009, 08:12 PM
Today was a day to fly to the first hiking location. They are at Cusco and just updated Spot for us.

They said the plan is

On Lares Trek June 17-19
Machu Picchu June 19-21

Brad
06-18-2009, 05:19 PM
Well, they were on the move yesterday and most of today. The tracks on Spot some times is quite regular - every 10 minutes. But, there is also a gap of an hour and a half once too. When viewing the terrain map you can see they are going up a long valley. There might be times they do not have a good satellite signal.