“No matter where I am – in an unexplored part of the arctic, the middle of the ocean, or on a hiking trail - satellite phones connect me to the outside world of friends, family, resources, media etc, and in turn, connects the world to me. Using an Iridium phone from Landwide Satellite Solutions gives me complete freedom, peace of mind and even internet access to share the experience online, from virtually anywhere on the face of the planet.”
“When you’re in the middle of nowhere, there is nothing more important than being able to communicate with the outside world. A satellite phone, from Landwide Satellite Solutions, is lies at the heart of my expedition kit: It does more than just let me keep in touch from anywhere on Earth, it also enables me to connect to the internet to send & receive emails and even update my website from unexplored regions of the arctic, the middle of the ocean, or wherever I happen to be. Apart from the joy of sharing these experiences as they happen and being able to speak to and reassure loved ones at home, carrying a satellite phone gives anyone travelling in remote areas the freedom to let people know when your plans change, and in an emergency situation, provide potentially life-saving information and be given critical medical advice, immediately, with the added reassurance that you can be sure help is on the way. While carrying safety devices is no substitute for proper preparation or risk assessment, even the best laid plans can go astray, and so for my own peace of mind - and for the peace of mind of those at home – I always bring a satellite phone with me, in this day and age when staying in touch and informed is so simple, I consider it part of responsible remote area travel. Even on a short, safe trip where I plan never to use a phone, I’ll still bring it – I could always run into someone else who needs help.”
“Ever since growing up sailing around the world with my family on our homemade yacht, I’ve had a burning desire to continue travelling – continue pushing back the limits to my experiences. I’m only 25, yet already this passion has led me to visit places and see things that few - if any - have ever experienced before. With an ever growing network of great contacts – including Landwide Satellite Solutions, and the Australian Geographic Society which in 2004 presented me with their ‘Young Adventurer of the Year’ award – my journeys have become increasingly remote and consequently more exciting.
Just recently my hiking partner Clark Carter and I returned from the second part of our ‘1000 Hour Day Expedition’ a world-first, unsupported 70-day expedition across Victoria Island in the arctic. Hauling almost ¼ ton of food and supplies behind each of us in our homemade PACs (Paddleable Amphibious Carts), I’ve had an Arctic Wolf stride within two meters then actually play with me. I’ve been chased by a pack of 9 Wolves and experienced the awe of standing there as a Polar Bear lumbered towards me. Paddling past blue icebergs and in sub zero temperatures where every splash turned our drysuits into suits of armour while curious seals surfaced beside us… In Tasmania’s isolated South Western Wilderness with mate Jasper Timm I’ve stumbled upon sperm whale teeth, stranded whales, a previously unknown breeding colony of Australian fur seals, and fought through an endlessly impenetrable five meter high wall of scrub with a machete. Other journeys have seen me trudging through waist-high snow, sleeping in an igloo, sailing almost half way around the world across the Southern Ocean – all unforgettable memories that fuel my burning desire to go further, and experience more.
Extreme isolation, although one of the biggest attractions, is itself, one of the biggest dangers. Should something go wrong, you can’t just scream for help, or wait for someone to come past – they never will. A reliable communication strategy is at the centre of all of my expeditions, and the heart of this system is either one or even two satellite mobile phones. Whether simply used to report positions back home, or to summon help if your partner has been bitten by a snake or broken a leg – the ability to communicate with the outside world from its harshest outposts can be the difference between life and death. Just the knowledge that if something did go wrong that you could call for help (even if such help may be many hours away), sets my mind at ease, and goes a long way in reassuring friends, family and sponsors, who are often waiting for weeks if not months, back at home. On this latest venture, we used the satellite phones to do live TV interviews while standing, shivering, atop an iceberg or huddled in the tent. I also link the satellite phone up to a tiny laptop computer allowing me internet access to update my wesbite – complete with photographs – from anywhere on the globe. The power of such technology is incredible, letting us share our experiences with people all over the world. John Booth at Landwide Satellite Solutions has become an ever more central part of my journeys, keeping me up to date with new and future technologies, and always – always – there to cheerfully solve any technical queries or hunt down a phone for me at a moment’s notice.
Although we put them through hell, John’s Iridium 9505 satellite mobile phones have never failed me. I find them simple to use – just like a normal mobile - yet robust and dependable, and most importantly, they work just about anywhere on the surface of the globe. While I always carry an EPIRB for backup, a satellite phone is so much more versatile – even ignoring it’s data sending capabilities if you only carry it for emergencies, at least you can explain the nature of the problem: “yes, bring tiger snake antivenin”, or perhaps everything is fine, you’re just running a week late and while there is no need to trigger the EPIRB, without being able to let people know, a search party would probably be sent out in desperation.
Satellite mobile phones are crucial to my expeditions, and I know I can depend on Landwide Satellite Solutions to cover every aspect of this need.
You’re a champion John!