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Old 08-01-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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Going off road alone?

Curious to see how many (or if any) of you head out and travel off road by yourself. If so, do you carry any particular technology to get found with in case of accident.

Or, is it such a bad idea that nobody sensible does it? Thanks.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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I ride solo off road alot ... I turn back more times than I want when things get dicey ... not even a cell phone but I do leave a note on the kitchen table telling where I'm heading. My GF makes me ..
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:55 PM   #3
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more than half of my outings are solo.
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:56 PM   #4
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Solo offroad

+1 I carry a cell phone and SPOT but I don't expect either to make up for anything too foolish. You going too slow. Momentum is a wonderful thing.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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Always solo. Cell phone and SPOT. Sent a "Help" message once and regret doing so.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:40 PM   #6
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solo if you have the sense not to get in over your head. I just completed the TAT, and had planned to go solo, glad i didn't as I would have ridden a lot more conservative. To easy to get busted up. I'd ride solo if close to home, but far away I'd have to give it some serious thought as to where I'd be ridding. i can see a situation when things might turn from bad to worse before you know it. Just be aware of what your getting into and have the sense to turn around before things go from bad to worse.

If traveling far carry a spot, cell phones are unreliable in certain areas.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:48 PM   #7
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I go solo all the time. You have to be careful but even then things can go wrong. I blew my knee apart one time about 8 miles from the Hwy. It was a bitch to pick the bike back up and ride out on kind of technical terrain. Then I had to drive myself 40 miles to the nearest hospital...torn MCL and a couple of other things. I still go by myself lots though...screw it...its fun!! I`ve got a remote off road camping trip by myself planned for this weekend as a matter of fact
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:57 PM   #8
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I do go out alone but I usually know where I'm headed before I go and I leave the equivalent of a "float plan" with my wife.

Carry a cell phone and a spot. The spot has customizable messages. One says, Im ok. The other says, Non medical request for help. Probably stranded, come find me. The 3rd one is the " I'm in deep chit. Send the Calvary"
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:04 PM   #9
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Solo alot, carry a spot, cell phone, and a gps.
Got stuck in the desert acouple of weeks ago, had spoty cell phone covarge but was able to get my GPS location to 911.
One more piece of advise is to turn the spot on before heading out. Spot tracker was not able to locate me do to it having to find me, so turn on early so that it can track you.

But I do believe this belongs in another section in ADV.
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:27 PM   #10
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Much like the others:

-cell phone, SPOT.
-nuts & bolts, wire, duct tape, JBweld etc.
-spare fuel filter, a little gas line, spark plug.
-2 spare tubes, small elec. pump, tire tools, patch kit.
-complete tool kit.
-small headlamp, power bars, water.

I also carry a pair of running shoes so I can walk out if necessary. In just a couple hours of riding you can get far enough back in to take 2-3 days to walk out.

The most important thing, though, is being able to judge when to turn back. If you are the 'just go for it!' type, you probably shouldn't ride alone. You really don't have any backup- it's all on you if something happens.

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Old 08-01-2011, 08:51 PM   #11
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This technology thing with SPOTS is wild business, what ever happened to taking responsiblity for your own actions. People used to have to make very serious decisions about how to handle a situation and choosing wrong could be fatal, now when the shit hits the fan (or possibly not at all because they just got in over there own head) they just push a button and wait for help

What happened to helping yourself?

I didn't say not to carry a SPOT. It just seems nuts to me about what people expectthese days.

Damn I miss the days before cell phones and SPOTS but not GPS although my compass skills would be crazy mad by now
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Old 08-01-2011, 08:58 PM   #12
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I almost exclusively ride alone off-road. A GPS, a cell, a few good maps and lots of water & food...simple.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:52 PM   #13
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I'd like to see this thread head off on it's own down to the basement...

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Old 08-01-2011, 10:01 PM   #14
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Ride solo alot

cautiously! probably more dangerous watching TV solo in the long run!
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Old 08-01-2011, 11:13 PM   #15
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Riding solo is being free of eating dust or living in your mirror.

Just don't as God for help cause you didn't use your brains.

You can do what you want to do.

Pressing a bottom should not be a cure for doing stupid shit.
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