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COMMUNICATING ON THE TRAIL WHEN YOU ARE ALONE… Satellite Texting and Personal Beacons.


Thursday, December 27th, 2012 | Filed under Handy Tips




For many of us, we don’t ride alone on the trails because… well, we’d rather go with someone else…

But for others, we don’t ride alone ‘just in case something happens’… you know what I mean.

Of course, many of our cell phones have signals where we ride for when something happens.

But, not always…

RIDING ALONE

For me, I don’t have that luxury of always riding with a buddy.  Often, I find a smidgen of time and grab my horse and go!

So, I’m very familiar with riding solo.

What I mean is that I know I’m alone, of course, so I tend to ride at more safe and well traveled places like State Parks where someone would notice my truck sitting there after dark with no horse and no rider (should anything untoward happen) and therefore might send out someone to look for me.

However, I am often tempted to go to new places when I’m alone.  Usually I don’t follow through on this desire – because I am a scaredy cat and have fears of being wounded out on the trail and then slowly eaten by bears or coyotes.

But, if I had a communication device or an emergency beacon, I would feel more secure to venture out to new places while alone.

This is the InReach device (no affiliation).  It can text via satellite when you have no signal.

This is the InReach device (no affiliation). It can text via satellite when you have no signal.

TEXTING BY SATELLITE.

I saw an ad in THE TRAIL RIDER magazine about the Delorme InReach device that works with your Droid or iPhone to connect to a satellite when the regular service has no reception.

The idea is to be able to send texts when you cannot phone.

That sounded pretty good!  So, I went to the website… Nothing happened.

That should have been my first clue… But, Hubby told me to switch browsers, which I did, and the site came up.

Anyway, I didn’t see anything about this device on their website (or couldn’t find it anyway) so I just googled it and found it on REI’s site.

Basically, the InReach device allows you to text when you are out in the woods, as long as you have a clear view of the sky.

Hmmmmm.

That sounds good for when you want to let people know you’ll be late for dinner… but what if you were really hurt?

Would you want to crawl around to find the open sky?

I think not…

Description of the InReach from the REI site.

Description of the InReach from the REI site.

 

 

Perhaps a PERSONAL BEACON?

So, I then thought about adding a personal beacon of some sort.

I figured that if all I needed was to call home to tell someone that I was fine, I simply could walk around until I found open space and use the texting option on the InReach.

However, if I was injured, or my horse was injured and laying on top of me without a clear view of the sky, I’d have to use a different method to call for help.

A beacon.

A personal beacon will bring emergency help to you.

HOWEVER…

You don’t want to use a personal beacon lightly.  These beacons are geared to alert the cavalry, so to speak, and if you waste their time, they are going to be really upset…

But, if you are lost, injured or otherwise incapacitated, having this peace of mind would be a really good item to pack in your trailbags.

I don’t own a personal beacon and I’m not selling any devices via this blog, I’m just suggesting that if I had known about these two items before Christmas, I might have asked Santa…

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An example of a personal beacon.

A REVIEW OF THE LIMITATIONS OF AN INREACH DEVICE

I’m sure the InReach would be helpful as long as there wasn’t a catastrophe and as long as you could get to the open sky.

But, I am adding this review so that you can read about some of the limitations before you purchase, should you wish to purchase.

(His review of the product’s company matches well with what I felt when I went to the site.. maybe time will improve the service.)

A comment I cut and pasted from the REI site.

A comment I cut and pasted from the REI site.

 

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WHAT DO YOU DO ON A ROADTRIP? I catch up on my Horse Magazines…and found the OUTLAW TRAIL RIDE!






Today we spent 12 hours in our car, driving up to Oregon to see Hubby’s family.

Crammed around my legs in the footwell was my computer bag stuffed with magazines and my purse – stuffed with all the little things one grabs on the way out the door at too early in the morning.

I figured I could read up on horsey stuff and write about interesting topics as Hubby drove.

Instead, I slept for about 5 hours.  Nice!

When I woke, we were going over the snowy passes (Yikes!) and my mind was filled with all the ways we could slide off the mountain and spend Christmas stuck in a snowbank… so I didn’t do much reading.

Once we were down the other side and safely into Oregon, it was dark…  however, I did manage to read one of my magazines.

I’ll share with you one of the many items that  I found compelling…

TRAIL RIDER – JAN/FEB 2013

I was so surprised and pleased to read pages and pages dedicated to all the equine travel vacations available!  (If I had actually read the front cover, I might not have been as surprised since upon further inspection, it was labeled, “SPECIAL HORSE TRAVEL ISSUE!”.)

Anyway, there were so many beautiful articles and photos about tempting vacations, charts, hints and ads (they even had a list of 128 Trail Riding Adventures!), I found myself daydreaming of how Rojo and I could hang out together in all parts of the US.

How fun would that be?

One trip that particularly caught my eye was a tiny little ad that said “OUTLAW TRAIL RIDE August 4-10,2013”.

Hmm?

Outlaw Trail Ride?

OMG, how fuunnn!

What is it??

The tiny little box said:

“Ride the trails Butch, Sundance and the gang rode.  100 miles in 6 days… We’ll be making HOSTIRY, and you won’t want to miss it.  Only 25 riders accepted.  Sign up today!  www.rideoutlawtrail.com  307-332-7928.

OMG!  I had to check this out!

Click to go to the website

Click to go to the website

 

THE MOST FUN EVER ON A HORSE…

Stepping back for a moment, I must tell you that for me, the most fun I have ever had on a horse was when I went to the Varian Ranch and had an Equine Trail Riding vacation (go, if you can).

I loooooved it!

Fabulous food, wine and stories.  The scenery was wonderful on their huge private ranch, we rode really hard and we got to know each other really well.

Loved it.

So, I’m always looking to go on another trail riding adventure…

BUT…

THE OUTLAW TRAIL RIDE?!  THE SAME RIDE AS BUTCH AND SUNDANCE?!

Cool.

The Route!

The Route!

SO I WENT TO THE WEBSITE

I put in the URL and perused the site for The Outlaw Trail Ride.

Oooh… If I hasn’t spent so much time working this year and if I had Rojo or Finn in excellent shape, I would do this in a heartbeat!

Sigh.  I had already counted myself out.

But then I found a workaround, sort-of.

On one of the pages, they offer HORSE RENTAL.

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About the ride…

Hmmmmm.

Clearly, if I rented a horse, that horse would be in shape and familiar with these trails.  Maybe like a babysitter for me…

And then I started to think rationally.

Me to self:  “You haven’t ridden hard all year.  There is no way you could keep up with people who ride hard all the time.  And, they only take 25 people so you’d be the slowest one there and you’d be a drag on everyone.  By the end of the trip, everyone would be saying how much fun it was except for that bloglady.  Too bad we had to leave her in Wyoming.  I hope she’s OK…”

Or something like that.

But, I emailed the company for more information anyway.  I figured, after looking at the photos on the site, that I looked a lot like most of the women who rode it previously…

What the heck, couldn’t hurt to find out more, eh?

Anyone else want to do this?

 

Fun!

Fun!

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