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    Getting out as much as I can..which is never enough. :) Mags's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldawg View Post
    I do the same thing Mags on any hikes I plan with folks. I always tell them the leave time from the trailhead is 15 minutes prior to when I actually want to leave. And I will leave your butt behind too.

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    Today, I lead another hike. I said "Meet at 8:45 am..we leave promptly at 9am".

    Guess what? One person showed up at 9:05 (after I left). To his credit, he realized what happened and said as such in a voice mail.

    The other person sent me an e-mail saying "I was there at 9:10..where were you?"..AND she texted me at 9:25 wondering what trail I'm on.

    She assumed I had my cell phone during the hike..and was checking text messages. Cripe. The phone was at home.

    The group of us on the hike had a nice time, though.
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    Until I read this thread, I never heard of SPOT and have never considered bringing any such device on hikes. If I bring my cell phone (only on long multi-day hikes), it stays off until I'm in town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MintakaCat View Post
    The designers of the SPOT device forgot to account for one important element, human stupidly.
    Actually that started with the wheel. We kill each other with that one all the time. I'm not a big fan of designers, most are apes, however there is no way for them to overcome that problem

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    Here is MSNBCs story on it.

    I really like the idea of the spot tracker. I think it gives a piece of mind to family and friends back home.

    I do see the issue that brings up having it so readily available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slugger View Post
    Yuppie 911. That's a good term...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlbj6142 View Post
    Yuppie 911. That's a good term...
    I predict the term "Yuppie 911" will completely replace the phrase "SPOT Messenger" in 7-1/2 hours.
    Con men understand that their job is not to use facts to convince skeptics but to use words to help the gullible to believe what they want to believe - Thomas Sowell

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlbj6142 View Post
    Yuppie 911. That's a good term...
    make a good tv show
    If you find yourself in a fair fight; your tactics suck.

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    I'd watch.

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    Hey, the water tasted "salty". I don't blame them at all. I would have sent it back too! They should have given them a choice between still and sparkling.
    There are so many miles and so many mountains between here and there that it is hardly worth thinking about

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    Yuppie 911....

    I am going to work that in as many conversations as possible now....
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    Come on Wise Old Owl can you photo shop us a good yuppie 911 poster?
    If you find yourself in a fair fight; your tactics suck.

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    Yes I can!
    Dogs are excellent judges of character, this fact goes a long way toward explaining why some people don't like being around them.

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    sheepdog waiting with high expectations
    If you find yourself in a fair fight; your tactics suck.

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    I actually considered getting a SPOT device to keep everyone at home happy when I was out in the uncharted wilds of the AT in western MA. However, a cell phone for me and some very detailed maps for the folks took care of everything. With my bum leg I can manage about 4 miles a day max...not very far at all. After reading about the abuse of SPOT, I'll keep my money and invest it in MORE hiking gear!

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    well..... I love it.....I think it's hilarious....real life, in the blood and flesh,
    Peter cries wolf. They evend went 3x.

    This is really great stuff.....can't make it up.

    I think it should have a camera and mic to watch the action with.

    Put it on the net and charge per episode...

    Idiots in the Wood Season 1

    Episode 1 Fake call to Rescue - opps...sorry didn't mean to.
    Episode 2 Fake call to Rescue - Out of cigarettes
    Episode 3 Fake call to Rescue - Out of baby wipes.
    Episode 4 Fake call to Rescue - Pizza, please.

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    Just warming up.....
    Dogs are excellent judges of character, this fact goes a long way toward explaining why some people don't like being around them.

    Woo

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    a useful device
    If you find yourself in a fair fight; your tactics suck.

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    Not "Closest Nordstrum"
    a Real emergency...

    Closest Potty! Porcelain please!

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    Default Someday it may cost us all

    If enough of this continues the cost of a "real rescue" may go up even more.
    One day you may be in dire straits - and you will hide yourself from rescuers because it would bankrupt you.
    Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

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    New SPOT model out;


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