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Unread postby Little Kopit on Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:55 am

How's about a discussion of what we need to get out of a tight situation?

1. I say a good working cell phone connected to a network to cover all of N. America. As in for Canada and Alaska, I have Telus, don't like them in many ways but they cover Labrador and Alaska. What other options are there?

Taking the case that happened in northern USA last year or the year or the year before. In spring, a senior couple took a GPS suggested road and found it blocked by snow. The wife survivied and the husband did not. One stayed with their camper van. The other started walking. The survivor lived off of snow.

We can extend this discussion to foods too, if you like. But I see the active cell phone as the key thing they were missing.

2. Maps in paper format. ie. they might have not taken that road if they had had a good browse at the paper maps the night before and could think in images. At high speed driving I got out of a tight situation and avoided a schmoz of toll roads in Australia by having done that browse of a paper map and having place names in my head. & that was my first real day driving on my own.

Thus, those are my 'trouble safety' equipment ideas I'm especially weak on western US areas.


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Unread postby RonJK on Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:39 pm

We also use Telus for cell, but there are areas they do not work. You don't have to stray to far off the beaten path to find no service.
Rogers is another option for cell phone and sometimes there coverage is actually better than Telus.

We use a GPS, but we call it "Betsey" Reason is I would not want to bet on it. If you ask for shortest route you can get into that situation, so common sense must prevail. The first time we tried it out, we knew where we were going it told us we were there; 25 miles away from the true destination. We had programmed in a casino and it stopped us at a church. Maybe she was trying to tell us something!

The best safety item would be common sense and if you are into the back woods a satellite phone is the only way to go.

As for food, we just keep the fridge loaded, but then we RV and don't stray too far off the beaten path with our 36'
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