Check out the Garmin inReach. You may be glad you did.
“Never hike alone. Even when you hike with a partner, take along the InReach by Garmin and hope you never need it.”
Wow. The Garmin inReach Mini is a in your pocket survival tool.
The inReach Mini is your go-to connection for maintaining off-the-grid contact at home, at sea, or in the back country. The palm-sized satellite communicator for adventures, lets you send and receive text messages, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS alert to contact the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team. With inReach connectivity, your family and friends will know they can stay in touch globally. This 4x2 inch device can literally save your life.
Specifically, here are the five key things that it allows you to: > Exchange text messages while beyond cellular range of a cell phone
> Built-in, high-sensitivity GPS provides basic navigation, location and tracking data
> Track and share your journey online for your family and friends> In case of an emergency, trigger an interactive SOS
So now you are probably thinking that this Garmin inReach Mini sounds too good to be tru, what is the catch? The catch is that a satellite subscription is required. We ask what price is safety? The subscription allows you to tap into the Iridium satellite network which ensures 100% pole-to-pole coverage with no gaps or fringe areas. So where ever you are, you are connected.
As with any electronic device, we wish there was a bigger battery or a solar solution and beware that winter conditions can drain batteries more quickly than normal. So as with any recommendation; try it, test it, and understand it before you rely on it (but we love the Garmin InReach.)