The Delorme inReach SE Satellite Communication device is close to having a real “trail Angel” along with you on all your back country remote trips.

I must admit I was hesitant to purchase the Delorme, and roughly $300 it was an expensive piece of gear. While preparing for my Mt Whitney Summit, I was thinking a lot about safety in the final weeks leading up to the trip.

I did a whole lot of planning, from obtaining my permits, ordering custom made maps, and having the right gear for a hike that was going to have lots of snow and large ice fields.

What was the deciding factor that made me finally pull the trigger on this expensive piece of gear? Peace of mind.

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