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Lost in the mountains of Romania

Phillip Pauli

Ivan Satrapa enjoys taking his enduro motorbike off-road around the globe. Naturally he always takes his SPOT Gen3 and so, whether it is Bolivia, Argentina, Albania or Morocco, his wife Michaela can track his journey. She also knows to expect a check-in message every evening.

One evening in summer 2017, when Ivan was on a five day enduro trip in the Banat mountains in Caras Severin County, western Romania, Michaela didn't get a check-in message so she called the local authorities, explained the situation and gave them his GPS coordinates.

At almost the same time, the local search and rescue service heard from the IERCC with the location of an S.O.S. message from Ivan's SPOT unit.

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Philipp Pauli Alps Rescue

Phillip Pauli

Philipp Pauli is an experienced climber, so much so that he’s about to become a tour guide with the Swiss Alpine Club.

Although he always takes his smartphone with him on climbing trips, there simply isn’t adequate reception across the Swiss Alps, where he spends a great deal of his time. So Philipp bought a SPOT Gen3 early in the summer of 2017 to cover all his communications needs while off grid in the mountains.

Philipp frequently climbs the 4000m mountains in Valais including the Matterhorn and he often goes to the central massifs around the Gotthard pass and the Bernese Alps around Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

Philipp now uses his SPOT wherever he goes to send OK messages to family. He chose SPOT because of its reliability, durability and the fact that the service reaches the many corners of the globe where he intends to venture. But, like any climber, the key feature for Philipp is that the device is so light.

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Belgian hikers use SPOT for helicopter rescue in Lapland wilderness

July 2017

In July 2017, Jeroen and Laura were on a multi-day hike in the remote wilderness of Lapland when Laura fell seriously ill.

Jeroen is experienced at hiking in the Swedish mountains and has completed many unsupported solo hikes across far-flung expanses, both in -40°C winter conditions and wet summers. He tries to visit the region from his home in Belgium at least twice a year.

As he regularly goes to remote areas, Jeroen bought a SPOT Gen3 to use in case of an emergency as well as to send check-in/ok messages to friends and family at home.

"Our family really appreciate that they can track our progress and get check-in/ok messages from us. They follow us non-stop when we are out in the wilderness. They know if they don't receive a message every 24 hours, then they need to send help to our last known location," Jeroen said.

"I especially like SPOT Gen3's impressive battery life, even with the tracking mode on. I also like the way it is built. It's very rugged," he added.

To prepare for their X-day hiking trip to the Lapland wilderness in Northern Sweden, Jeroen and Laura bought high quality equipment and undertook training including a summer hiking trip to central Sweden.

Jeroen and Laura set out from Kvikkjokk on Friday afternoon and spent the first night camping above the tree line. On day two they hiked further into a high valley.

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SPOT saves trapped snowshoe trekkers in Norway

SPOT saves trapped snowshoe trekkers in Norway

Claire Leenen is a born adventurer. With just a backpack, she hiked North America’s famous 2,650 mile (4,265 kilometer) Pacific Crest Trail in 2015 and is tackling the 1500km Via Dinarica across Eastern Europe in summer 2016. She always takes her SPOT tracker with her to keep in touch with family and supporters back home in the Netherlands.

In February 2016, in the height of winter, she was one of a pair of volunteer guides leading a group of 11 on a week’s trip snowshoeing from cabin to cabin following the winter route in Reinheimen National Park in Tafjordfjella, Western Norway.

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Rescue Profile: Han
Case #: 15918

Snowmobilers Extracted from Avalanche Exposure

While on a seven day hiking trip in Tasmania, Australia, Han Strating and his girlfriend were near New Pelion when they came across another hiker experiencing heart problems. Realizing the man was in need of serious medical attention; Han quickly pulled out his SPOT GEN3® and pressed the S.O.S. button. Luckily, there was a nurse with the individual who was already providing first aid to keep him stable while they waited for help.

Since the SPOT GEN3 belonged to Han, GEOS, reached out to his mother who happened to be his primary point of contact. Han’s mother, who happened to be on the other side of the world and with no prior knowledge of his whereabouts, became very wary upon receiving the call from GEOS. Han says that his mom was “stressed for a few hours, but ultimately was happy and proud of what I did…” Within 2 ½ hours from when Han pressed the S.O.S button on his SPOT device to aid the fellow hiker, the Westpac Rescue helicopter arrived at their location to take the patient and his wife to Hobart Hospital. As soon as the helicopter took off, Han began notifying his friends and emergency contacts that he was indeed okay and not in danger.

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