limpingcrab wrote:Reaffirming my decision to get an inReach (I should say my wife's decision to make me buy one)
Both you and your wife are going to love the 2-way capabilities of the DeLorme. Over the past few years, I've found the best feature is the ability to receive & reply to incoming messages. While tracking, SOS and inbound confirmation are obviously the key safety elements, spouses left behind really enjoy the contact and knowledge that you're safe.
It also allows them to feel included and comfortable knowing they can get in touch with you should anything happen on their end. Canned messages can be sent off at regular times during the day like: I'm heading over the pass; I'm taking a break; I'm stopping here for the night, etc. These combined with tracking allow them to see exactly where you've been and where you currently are.
I know there's plenty of back-country vets that abhor this entire idea, but it's the ultimate appeasement device for anyone going out solo with kids, responsibilities, etc back home. It's also a pleasure on my end knowing my wife is ok and holding down the fort; she loves to send daily recaps of her day. The keyboard is pretty tiny, but I've become somewhat adept at pecking away decent replies.