I’m scheduled to drive from Tok to Anchorage solo on Jan 19 to host an Inauguration party. I have a rranged in case I can’t get out of Tok safely (-40 or below is probably the threshold).
But I’m also scheduled to drive – with my daughter and dogs – to Anchorage Feb 1. Now, I’m a huge fan of driving. I spent over a year living on the road in my RV and traveling to 40 of the 50 states. By myself.
However the drive from Tok to Anchorage is about 8 hours in these winter conditions (that includes an hour stop for gasoline and food in GlenAllen). And with a toddler on board, I suddenly feel shocks of terror coursing through me at the thought of getting stuck in very remote parts of interior Alaska without any cellphone signal at all. With a 2-year-old.
A few people have mentioned the Spot – a satellite/GPS handheld device that let’s you send updates as you travel in remote places and in case of an emergency, can send your GPS coordinates to 911 and your contacts. This device looks like it really rocks!
It is pricey – just under $200 to purchase the device and $99.99 USD per year for the service subscription and $49.99 USD additional for the tracking upgrade option allowing your contacts to track your progress on a private Google Maps powered Web page. So we’re looking at about $350 plus shipping.
Safety and a potentially life-saving connection to others.
Yeah, I think it is worth it.
For an additional $7.95/year, Spot also provides “up to $100,000 USD of additional search and rescue resources, including helicopter extraction around the world and reimbursement benefits for any emergency service expenses incurred.” WOW!
Anyone out there have experience with Spot? Thoughts? Experiences?