Originally Posted by honda03842
I'm not sure who provides the sat phones. You went to a hotel in Goose Bay and they just copied your driver's license
and when you reached Labrador City you turned it in at another hotel and they gave you a faxed copy of your driver's license to end the deal.
The provincial government of Newfoundland provides them
. As you know the province isn't one of the richer ones in this country and it works out to be cheaper for them to provide the phones to travellers than having to pay for full time highway patrol.
In regards to the Delorme In Reach its is a popular one with back country enthusiasts in these parts our well know and very busy local North Shore Search and Rescues
uses the Garmin 60's series and up for GPS. NS Rescue routinely do a number of call outs each week during the winter months they often do several a day, to get people out of some pretty scary situations - often in the dark so they do know a little bit about back country safety. ;-)
The Alpine Club of Canadian
issued a memo to its members recently suggesting that in a perfect world we should be using GPS's with 3 antennas and they will not let their members lead a group into the back country unless then have a GPS with at least 2 antennas.
Another thing to look at while shopping for a GPS is whether or not it is using both the US GPS and the Glonass (Russian) satilites - having both will result in a faster lock in. Having NIHM batters is a good thing (the longer battery
life the better) as is having a unit that will take AA's as a back up. AA's don't fair as well as NIHM's in cold weather so that can be an issue.
Carrying only a cellphone for communication &/or GPS is considered a Big No No around here due to tree coverage and terrain they can not be counted on.... even when only a few miles away from downtown Vancouver & you can still see the city lights
. The local SARS groups recommend that even the most casual of hikers carry at the very minimum a SPOT communicator or other dependable communication devise.
The bonus of the InReach is that if you have a cellphone with you the InReach will use the phones bluetooth (it does not need actual cellphone service) to carry on a 2 way communication with S&R using text on your phone. It helps to know how long you can expect to wait for help if your in a tough situation - around here its not uncommon for it to take hours even over night or longer before the rescuers get to someone. Spot on the other hand is a simple one way communicator which may leave you wondering for a long time if anyone is actually getting close to helping you.
Of course what GPS you really need depends greatly as to where you plan to use it. If you are simple a causal hiker who seldom ventures off the beaten track in areas with known cellphone coverage then a simple and cheaper GPS such as the Garmin E trax 20 will more than fill your needs.
Sorry for lengthily post but my BH's idea of a perfect winter vacation is to rent a helicopter with a few others and get themselves dropped off in the backcountry and spend the next week sleeping in huts or tents and skiing around all day & then at the end of the week finding their own way down the mountain. Know all to well what goes down when they don't report in at the pre arranged return day and time due to communication equipment failure or a poor choose in equipment.
If your someone who does venture off the beaten track a lot then when it comes to GPS's & communications the old analogy of go big or go home comes into effect.
Edit: referred to the InReach as a Garmin... while its actually a DeLorme.