A 5.5 oz PLB with GPS exists -- http://www.fastfindplb.com/en/what_is_fast_find/fast_find_210.php
also a PLB with GPS and ability to send out "I am OK" messages too:
but it is 8.9 oz.
On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM, Ed Rodriguez <ed_rodriguez52@...>
About 4 year ago I look down on the SPOT, I had be leave that a backpacker should have the skill needed to deal with any situation. But now my views have change, after reading people journals and when they used them I realize SPOT have a place in someone gear list. But now I question the reliably of the SPOT units. If I recall they recall or they (SPOT) had some other issues last year and now these problems makes me wonder how a person can depend on them in a life and death moment. What else is there in the market
that will help people reach 911
From: Roleigh Martin <roleigh@...>
Sent: Fri, April 1, 2011 6:21:01 PM
Subject: Re: [John Muir Trail] SPOT Satellite Communicator Replacement
Redundancy is always nice. One of the reasons I organize an annual group of 6-8 to hike with is to have redundancy in the group. This year 2 of the 6 thru-hikers will have Spot 2 devices and 1 of the two mid-stream hikers (we meet at Reds Meadows and they exit at Taboose Pass) have a Spot 1 device.
Last year my Spot 2 device would not power on for the first night (I swapped batteries twice, once with another Spot 2 owner, using his batteries), and it would not power on night 2, but morning of day 2, it was mysteriously powered on and working. It worked the rest of the JMT hike but due to it being flaky, Spot replaced it for me. I took awhile to do the paperwork, I got the new Spot 2 yesterday. I did buy their replacement protection plan, it was very affordable. No regrets!
On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM, John Ladd <johnladd@...>
It strikes me that being an early adopter and a backpacker often leads to grief. I did take a chance with the NeoAir in its Year One, but generally try avoid the newest, new thing. REI return policy is great, but it does not do much good if the thing fails when you are in mid-trip. Old technology rocks!
John Curran Ladd
1616 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-3707415-648-9279