Americana Outdoors E-Magazine - May 2022

room, it was confirmed that I had broken my L1 vertebrae, tore the right psoasmuscle and suffered a severe concussion. Fortunately, I have since been able to make a full recovery. I’ve not only had plenty of time to recover but had the time to reflect on the things that allowed that day to go as smoothly as it did. 1. Having a hunting partner. He kept my head screwed on straight throughout the stressful situation and didn’t allow me to try and get on my snow machine and ride out myself. (I was really trying to convince him I could do it.) 2.My inReachMini devicefromGarmin.Thisallowed us to instantly communicate with emergency services and get me out of the situation we were in. The Garmin International Emergency Response Coordination Center (IERCC) also kept my wife and family informed as much as they could up until I was on my way to the hospital. With no service where we were hunting, they would have never known something was wrong until it was time to come home. 3. LifeMed and their membership. Not only did they provide me with emergency transportation in a very nice helicopter, but they provided amazing medical attention while in flight and on the mountain, for just a small annual fee. Thank you again to everyone that helped that day and the days that followed. I seriously couldn’t have done it alone. And thank you to Garmin — the whole process with the Garmin IERCC services was great. NOTICE: To access the Iridium satellite network for live tracking and messaging, including SOS capabilities, an active satellite subscription is required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communications devices. It is the responsibility of the user to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used.

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