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A rescue in remote Greenland

Phillip Pauli

Gabriel Gersch is a professional wilderness trekker at Outventurous but even when he is not guiding clients he spends half his life in remote locations under canvas.

In the summer of 2017 Gabriel spent three months in Greenland trekking across demanding landscapes where perhaps no human had ventured before. The first trek lasted three weeks, the next took four weeks and the final one was seven weeks’ duration.

A Belgian travel services company dropped food caches every few weeks as provisions for Gabriel and his various companions who joined him on different legs of his journeys.

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SPOT to the rescue in a medical emergency in Lapland

Phillip Pauli

For many years Tomas Jönsson has relied on his SPOT Gen3 for security on his fishing adventures, which take him to some of the most remote corners of the world. Tomas regularly heads off to areas with no mobile phone service and needs the reassurance of knowing he has a way to communicate in case of an emergency.

He chose a SPOT Gen3 because of the device’s excellent battery life, affordable cost, its light weight and its reliability in all weathers. The latter is particularly important when Tomas travels north from his home in Sweden to places that are -30 degrees C in winter.

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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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