Which box to check; LIFE-FLIGHT or SAT PHONE?

Discussion in 'Communication & Navigation' started by Laisser aller, Aug 6, 2018.

LIFE FLIGHT Subscription or SAT Phone Connection?

  1. SAT PHONE, all-day-every-day

    1 vote(s)
    100.0%
  2. MEDIC STAT!

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Laisser aller

    Laisser aller

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    100
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2016
    Location:
    Portland
    We’re getting some back issues of Overland Journal but I want to talk to some old-timers who are taking a break from the trail. Maybe one day I will steal a line from Foucault or Deleuze and submit an essay to the editors at OJ.

    First off, because of skill set and experience, the wife and I will be joining TLCA (Toyota Land Cruiser Association, North America). There are other trail-oriented associations that I would join in addition to TLCA as well. I’ll will know more when I know more.

    Our objective is for the wife to wander in the existential abyss while I attempt to look outward in the effort to undo the riddle of psychological trauma (I have twice been on life support and am uncertain that I have fared any better since the vents have been disconnected).

    Our youngest son, the last child born between us and my only son is coming along. We are the only family each of us has got.

    I have found that in life most chit is machine-like. Heading to parts unknown might be the only shot for the family to grow and heal for sometime to come. Regardless all the pieces are on the table, we’re just earnestly trying to make all the pieces fit. Undoubtedly, some portion will fit together exquisitely. Meaning, all of our lives will be enriched or affirmed.

    No joke, we are planning a 12mo. run across parts of America. I have at max 24 mo.s to build the rig and contribute to the overall itinerary or divorce papers will be in the offering... but I do not need much motivation for I have long wanted to see or revisit; The Breckenridge Library at Yale, a handful of trails that the TLCA runs along, Pritzker recipient designed buildings, the Guggenheim in Manhattan, and countless other notable expressions of mere men and women.

    On the road we will have passive income which should be adequate for the trip but a detriment to our savings. So we cannot screw around at the outset where the build of the 80 is concerned.

    We are diverting most of our funds from savings for the slow acquisition of some $20K+ destined for the truck. Incidentally, the very thing I want most for the build is probably the very thing I can least afford... ain’t that the too oft told story. lol.

    Budget is uncertain (we estimated that we will depart with a minimum of $6K in savings allotted for fuel reserve), logistics are crude at this point and as such drawn very rough, 2020 seems so far away and to be frank, the shaping or forming a plan is somewhat overwhelming, it is not an easy estimation for lay people. And we all know, time has a funny way of running-out quickly.

    I know in my own experience, the line separating triumph from catastrophe has pivoted on matters of seconds and inches. That’s to say, in the real world, in real time there are moments that run head long into the worst possible outcome...

    ...and in those moments; out on the trail, far from a steady hand when everyone is busted and bruised would another individual stake the life of their child on Life Flight or a SAT Phone?

    IMG_7407.jpg

    IMG_7678.jpg

    IMG_6969.jpg
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2018
    mrburlingame likes this.
  2. ewillis

    ewillis SILVER Star

    Messages:
    2,251
    Likes Received:
    3,213
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2013
    Location:
    Dante's Inferno, CA
    Laisser aller likes this.
  3. Sc0-

    Sc0-

    Messages:
    1,217
    Media:
    2
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    42
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2007
    Location:
    Houston
    HAM radio and get licensed...
     
    Laisser aller likes this.
  4. ZackR

    ZackR

    Messages:
    877
    Likes Received:
    876
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2015
    Location:
    Bend, OR
    I'd say both, or if you are up for it get dialed in on HAM radio. I carry one of these in case of emergency:

    ACR Electronics ResQLink+ GPS Personal Locator Beacon | REI Co-op

    Oh and don't go crazy on the build. In stock form the 80 can do nearly anything you ask of it. I'd focus on PM, some 287/75/16 tires and the basics rather than a major "build".

    Have fun!
     
    Laisser aller likes this.
  5. Laisser aller

    Laisser aller

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    100
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2016
    Location:
    Portland
    ewillis, absolutely. I see that you are correct and for all my familiarity with the forum I utterly overlooked specific threads. Thanks for the heads-up, I will start poking around in there. Thank you.
     
  6. Laisser aller

    Laisser aller

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    100
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2016
    Location:
    Portland
    ZackR Oh for sure. Believe me, sometimes I get so frustrated that I think the best thing to do is throw some of LandCruiserPhil’s disconnects on the rig, mount a set of tires, grab the cooler and be done with it. All of it is absurd really.

    Take care.
     
  7. 45Kevin

    45Kevin

    Messages:
    2,320
    Likes Received:
    800
    Joined:
    May 10, 2005
    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
    Unless you plan to do "serious" wheeling, just get a Roof Top Tent, a 12V fridge and get on the road.

    A good truck mounted HAM and a list of all the repeaters you'll be travelling near should be enough to get help on the way fast if needed.
     
    ZackR and Laisser aller like this.
  8. MrMikeyG

    MrMikeyG

    Messages:
    49
    Likes Received:
    11
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2018
    Location:
    Seattle, Wa USA
    I agree with some of the above regarding keep your build simple; It's very easy if you spend any time on this forum to get starry eyed regarding lift kits and bumpers and on-board air and all of the other "fun and fancy" stuff. I've carried some fairly ridiculous loads on Yakima rooftop gear (Q-towers on the cab and 1A towers back on the canopy of my old Tundra) There are a lot of sources for used Yakima stuff, and unless you are dead set on a rooftop tent, get a 4 cross bar system going and don't look back.
     
    Laisser aller likes this.
  9. Laisser aller

    Laisser aller

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    100
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2016
    Location:
    Portland
    MrMikeyG Yeah, I am a straight capitalist, almost ashamed to admit it these days.

    I spent a dozen years working in various capacities at Toyota/Lexus/BMW. Which is ironic because the automobile does not move me in some blatant sense...to be frank, I am rather uninterested in cars.

    As to the point; what it all boils down to is just this: I just have a ton of admiration for many in the aftermarket community. Any number of them have earnestly set-out to offer something.

    With some of these guys/gals, they have effectively risked everything on their little gamble.

    They have done something, built something... for me that is noble.

    In my life I have a tendency to break chit around me.

    In other words, I bought into a ‘feeling’ that in a lot of cases there is a benefit, improvement of an application or more generally an ease of use.

    And for that, I do not paying an otherwise stupid amount of money on something that is utterly disposable.

    Obviously, safety is on all of our minds right up to that very moment immediately prior to our sense of adventure taking flight.

    I am a parent of five children, three of which are in university or college and one, the youngest in the bunch, I want to start anew that in our family our sense of community extends well beyond the barriers of the neighborhood of whatever particular community we happen to reside.

    In other words, I identify with a few of these guys that happen to offer some pretty expensive gear...

    ...at 43yo I am coming to finally know what makes me tick and I can say I begrudge no build or vendor per se because chances are if I know about them than chances are they are pretty damn good at what they do, in fact, I dare say; many of them are artists who at some point, they risked everything and built something.
     
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2018
    mrburlingame likes this.
  10. lovetoski

    lovetoski SILVER Star

    Messages:
    4,562
    Likes Received:
    233
    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2003
    Garmin Inreach works via Sat, so will work anywhere (essentially, assuming you are not going to the pole). And since it has an SOS function + text, you can arrange for help. But since the help might not be free, life flight or similar makes sense. Inreach has a medical evac insurance program which you can sign up for. And the Inreach has a reasonable off-line gps navigation capability when connected via blue tooth to an android or apple phone/tablet. Great system (not affiliated). Wish you luck and joy on the trip.
     
  11. Live to Ski

    Live to Ski

    Messages:
    969
    Likes Received:
    142
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2005
    Location:
    Dana Point/San Diego CA
    Could be mistaken.....but.....can't do much w. lifeflight unless you can call 'em....inreach.....
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.