Five Favorite inReach Adventure Stories

Our community of inReach® subscribers is constantly embarking on adventures in the outdoors. Sometimes those adventures go as planned, and sometimes they don’t. Either way, carrying an inReach satellite communication device has helped individuals escape a grizzly bear, survive a medical emergency, be rescued from the middle of the ocean, complete a record-setting sail, save imperiled animals and more. Read those stories:  

Couple Escapes Grizzly Bear on Northwest Territories Canoe Trip

When Todd and Kerri Mozinski left for the Northwest Territories of Canada for a weekslong canoe trip, they told friends and family to expect them back in 40 days. Just five days in, sitting awake through the night watching for the 8’ grizzly bear that was stalking their camp, they realized that perhaps they had misjudged that guidance.

Credit: Kerri Mozinski

The 4,000th inReach SOS Incident: An Ultramarathon Emergency

In August 2019, Duane Konyn found himself 165 miles into a rugged 206-mile ultramarathon when he was overwhelmed with pain, suddenly dizzy and vomiting. It was the fourth day of the race, and he was in the middle of a tough, remote 19-mile section. Collapsed on the trail, Konyn knew he was in trouble.

Credit: Bill Hopkins

Sailor Completes Solo Circumnavigation of Americas and Antarctica

In 2018, sailor Randall Reeves set off from California down the Pacific, rounded Cape Horn, circled Antarctica, rounded Cape Horn again, and headed up the Atlantic and over North America on his way back to California, completing a record-setting solo voyage. During his first attempt, however, a severe storm in the Indian Ocean flooded all of his communication electronics except for his inReach device.

Credit: Randall Reeves

Response Team Rescues Imperiled Animals in the Backcountry

WASART is one of the country’s only small and large animal rescue teams. The founders came up with the idea after hearing stories about pet owners putting themselves in harm’s way to save their animals. Since then, the team has rescued dogs that have fallen off cliffs, hoisted horses that got stuck in mud, performed first aid to injured animals in the backcountry, pulled cows out of ravines and more.

Credit: WASART

Last-minute Decision Proves to Be Valuable for Capsized Boaters

Sitting atop a capsized 26’ Glacier Bay catamaran 56 km off the coast of Homosassa, Florida, Lincoln Fraser’s wife had a major “I told you so” moment. On that day in March 2019, his inReach device’s battery was low and he had almost left for the fishing trip without it — a decision that could have been very costly.

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