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PostFri Mar 17, 2017 9:35 am 
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Jeff wrote:
I was considering the SE, but I like the idea of the GPS on the Explorer. However I cannot find out if the unit can track and save waypoints internally for viewing afterwards, like most GPS units. I am not interested in viewing waypoints via their web service (tracking points don't come with the cheapest plan). I hope that makes sense.

I'm not sure if I understand how you are using the term "waypoints," but the Explorer can store tracklines and waypoints created out on the trail, which can later be downloaded as GPX files or some similar format (I can't recall the exact file type off the top of my head).

I routinely import my Explorer tracklines into Caltopo maps, it's about as simple as it gets. I think I have mine set to log at 30 second intervals, which provides plenty of detail. It will run for days in that mode, but I do bump it out to a 1 or 5 minute interval if I am on multi day trip on established trails (saves battery life, and I don't need a detailed trackline in those situations).

Edited to add: To be clear, you can create and save waypoints on the fly, no need to pre-program them via the website interface. Also, the terminology regarding "tracking points" is confusing in their plans: you only pay for "tracking points" that are transmitted. If you are simply storing them internally, there is no extra charge, and you can do this on the basic plan.
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I've been using the older black model of the InReach with no screen for several years. It pairs with my smartphone. That's why I got that model - because I already had the phone, I just needed a way to communicate with home and call for help if I needed it. It works well 90% of the time. Rarely I'll have an issue with it connecting to my smartphone, so I just have to send the prearranged message if I need to. I cannot leave the batteries in it, or they will die, so I just put the batteries in it when I need to send a message. If I'm in a tight canyon under old growth, sometimes it takes awhile for it to locate the satellites and get a signal to send messages. Sometimes I don't receive messages back before I turn the thing off and put the batteries away again. But that has not been an issue for me.

I don't use it for tracking. I have a GPS program on my phone, and I rarely go off trail. I don't go on very many overnights, so the battery issue isn't that big of a deal for me. When I have gone over the 10 free messages in a month, it's very cheap for those extra messages. The $13 a month is worth it for the peace of mind (and peace of husband's mind!)

I did use it to text him to send me a tow truck when my car broke down on the way to a trailhead out of cell range.  up.gif

When I have had problems with software updates or syncing with my phone, the customer support people have been very helpful and not condescending. I haven't had to call them since they got bought out, but I haven't noticed any difference in the service at all.

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PostSat Sep 08, 2018 5:57 pm 
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Are InReach - to - InReach messages free?
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PostSun Sep 09, 2018 7:36 pm 
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Riverside Laker wrote:
Are InReach - to - InReach messages free?

Depends on your plan. With basic safety you get 10 free messages per month, then 50 cents per after that. Works real well though, I gave my older InReach to my daughter and she texted me (new mini) when we were on a summit...."Dad you are a doofus" cost me $.50

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PostMon Sep 10, 2018 5:41 am 
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williswall wrote:
"Dad you are a doofus" cost me $.50

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Now THAT's love!

Nice!

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