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I own a SPOT satellite locator. It cost $100 (the latest version is $150 retail). Service is $100/year. For an additional $13/year, I can join GEOS. That membership will reimburse rescuers up to $100,000 if they have to come find me. I think these devices should be mandatory for those traveling into the wilderness or climbing mountains. If someone does have to find you, they will know where you are within a few feet. If you are dead, the locator still transmits your last location until the batter dies (days). Think how many lives, effort, and cost could be saved if devices like these were mandatory.
Requiring climbers and other folks using the back country to carry a SPOT locator. Mine cost ~$100 (the latest retails for $149), the service is about $100/year, and for an additional $12.95/year you can join GEOS. GEOS membership will insure you for up to $100,000 in rescue fees. So, once you have the SPOT, its ~$116/year to make sure you can cover the cost of your own rescue... and SPOT will tell the rescue team right where you are every 5 minutes by satellite. Imagine how much money and time and lives would be saved if this were a mandatory requirement?
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