Another tool for the bag: Backcountry SOS App

Discussion in 'General' started by idsnowghost, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Spokane, WA
    Besides a GPS app, I've often questioned the usefulness of most apps targeted to backcountry users. This one is way different:

    The BackcountrySOS is a simple-to-use smartphone app that allows you to quickly get your status and location information to emergency personnel. It's low power, requires no setup and works where ever text-to-911 service is available. (I just recently saw it's available in Bonner Co, will be checking on Shoshone Co and others). And the app was made/created here in Idaho as part of the BackcountryZero project.

    Download link, for now it's iOS only:
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  2. idsnowghost

    idsnowghost Staff Member

    Spokane, WA
    Looks like the text-to-911 counties are: Spokane, Kootenai, Benewah, Bonner, Mineral and Sanders. Leaving gaps in Shoshone and Boundary Co in Idaho - and Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille in Washington.

    Asked the creators what happens when you try to use the app in an area not covered and will follow up.
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  3. PowderPanda

    PowderPanda Staff Member

    Liberty Lake, WA
    Thank you for this Oh Guru of Technology @idsnowghost!! Just downloaded!!!
  4. Just downloaded it. Very quick, simple, and to the point, to where I almost accidentally sent an actual SOS.

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