A satellite-based text-messaging and tracking device
Cruise ships and wildlife buses? The tourist staples miss the point of Alaska: It's the last real place to find an epic, crowd-free adventure on American soil. We've scoured the state for the best wilderness lodges, river trips, lonely highways, and DIY escapes. Bear mace not included.
I will be spending time hiking in Patagonia, climbing Mt. Vinson, and cross-country skiing in Antarctica. It seems a valuable piece of gear would be a satellite phone, but I don't see any reviews on Outside Online. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Chuck Sonoma, CA
Have you tested the SPOT satellite messenger, specifically the tracking function that adds extra cost? Do you think its worth it? Stephanie Providence, Utah
Will a high-range two-way radio work in deep canyons? I ask because my father, who is 77, likes to "trp around the backcountry," which has a lot of large canyons. This worries my mother sick, as he gets no cell phone signal there. Any ideas? John Genoa City, Wisconsin
Good! Let's talk about what our experience of the wilderness has lost now that it's cheap and easy to stay connectedno matter how far out there you go. Ted Kerasote explores the new wired wild.