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Death Valley Rescue: SPOT Was There When No One Else Was

Rescue Profile: Tom
Case #: 13665


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Tom Madlem had been riding motorcycles for 50 years. Death Valley was one trip he had never taken before though. He and a friend had planned to take 2 weeks off and make the ride. However, the first part of the trip was going to force Madlem to commit the “cardinal sin” - biking alone.

This meant he would be riding alone through the desert for two days before meeting up with his friend. After his wife and son begged him not to go by himself, he was then convinced to purchase his SPOT GEN3™ for the trip so his family would have peace of mind. He made it the first day just fine alone. Tuesday morning, he had not ridden 10 miles when he took a hard fall on his bike.

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Coast Guard Rescues Injured Hiker Near Shubrick Peak

Rescue Profile: Dale and John
Case #: 12299



Dale, a retired community college administrator and instructor, is an avid hiker, backpacker and cyclist. At the age of 67, he now spends most of his free time hiking through the backcountry of Oregon and California alone and with fellow backpackers.

Like many hikers, Dale often worried about connectivity during his travels. This is why SPOT piqued his interest when reading one of his favorite magazines. Soon after, Dale visited REI to purchase his first SPOT device. In celebration of Memorial Day, Dale and 7 other hikers ranging from ages 51 to 74 decided to take a five day trip to Mattole Beach Campground near Petrolia, California. This time, he made sure to add his new SPOT Gen 3™ as a "must bring" item.

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Bill and his comrade

Rescue Profile: Bill and his comrade
Case #: 11936


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Bill, current President of Ruby Valley Search and Rescue and a "retired" Army pilot, is an avid hunter and fisherman. Needless to say, Bill spends a lot of time outdoors; he jokingly states he knows most trees on a first name basis.

Several years ago, Bill developed a preparedness plan, which included having a SPOT device. He even developed a messaging system for friends and family on his contact list: (1) Check In message in the morning and evening to family and friends, (2) Check In messages back to back to let them know he got an elk, and (3) Check In messages back to back to let everyone know that he was headed out of the backcountry.

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Son comes to father's rescue

Rescue Profile: Keith and Duane
Case #: 11163


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Duane and Keith are an active and experienced father-son climbing duo. Safety is always a priority, which is why Keith decided to purchase a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ to take on their outdoor adventures.

On one such adventure, father and son were climbing Handies Peak in Colorado when the pair's day took a life-threatening turn. Duane began to experience severe chest pains and could not continue. At almost 14 thousand feet, storm clouds gathering and spotty cellular coverage, Keith pressed the SOS button on his SPOT device.

 

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Danger in Cherry Creek

Rescue Profile: Ben and Dave
Case #: 7438

 

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Several friends headed out for a quick lap of kayaking in California's Cherry Bomb gorge. Gear packed and ready for the water, Ben, who had bought a SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ a few days before, tossed the device in his backpack as an afterthought. "The camp was only 10 minutes away and it was just a quick trip," recalled Ben. "I didn't think we would need SPOT, but I figured I've got it, I might as well take it."

Ben, sidelined from a previous injury, watched from a ledge as his friends passed by.

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