[Cdt-l] Daily updates via Spot?

david booth david.booth at internode.on.net
Fri Apr 1 18:29:39 CDT 2011

Technology allows us to post daily updates but is this necessarily a  
good thing?
What does the family do if there is no report on a particular day? Do  
they worry?
Do they contact SAR? Is it because of a technology malfunction, no  
signal, low battery? Is it due to the hiker forgetting to signal each  
day? What action should they take if they see you ten miles off  
course? What did families do before these technical wonders were  
invented? How did they ever cope?
I admit I love my GPS, it allows me to make less navigational errors  
and is a tool to augment map and compass. But I would never want to  
report my position each day. This would limit my wilderness  
experience, part of which is leaving behind the trappings of  
civilization for a while and not be causing my family undue worry and  
My family has learned to have confidence in my wilderness skills and  
experience and understand that for whatever reason schedules may vary  
during a hike according to many factors.
Aussie Dave
Canberra Australia

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