An update on the SPOT GPS Messenger; I took it with me to Mallorca and my four day hike on the GR221 and it performed well.
Day One: Valldemossa to Deia
There was a lot of time spent in woodland on this leg, but the Track Progress function worked well. The Check-in message did not get sent, but I’ll put that down to not having a clear view of sky at the refuge and me being impatient, and not giving it long enough to try again.
- GR221 - Day One – Spot Adventures Track Log
Day Two: Deia to SollerThis faired better. More woodland, but progress was logged and messages sent.
- Custom Message – received text immediately and Facebook posting successful.
- Check In / OK Message – eventually received and posted on Facebook after a lengthy time getting a satellite signal, but, in hindsight, I should have just gone back outdoors instead of hanging out of my hotel bedroom window!
- GR221 - Day Two – Spot Adventures Log Track Log
Day Three: Soller to Tossals VerdsDespite map warnings of poor GPS Signal on the climb up to Col de L’Offre, the Track Progress function did a good job!
- Check In / OK Message – went off no problem on the walk into Tossals Verds Refuge. No Custom Message sent today.
- GR221 - Day Three – Spot Adventures Track Log
Day Four: Tossals Verds to LlucThe final day, and no problems encountered.
- Custom Message – sent and received immediately, when we stopped for lunch.
- Check In / OK Message – sent and received from the monastery in Lluc.
- GR221 - Day Four – Spot Adventures Track Log
Overall, I’m happy! Day one gave me concerns, but I’ll write that off as my bad.
I was also pleased with the performance of the AAA lithium batteries showing no signs of running out. They are supposed to have up to 7 days with 100% clear view of sky, and 3.5 days with 50% clear, 50% obstructed, so I can trust the manufacturers estimation.