Bad bugs? Blisters? Bad weather? Run out of beer? Trailspotters provides trip insurance in order to get you off the trail in the case of a non-medical emergency, and, will coordinate with authorities if there is a medical based emergency.
Here is how it works:
Trip insurance is included in many of our packages. For those packages it is not included, our customers can add this as an ala cart option for $9 a day.
We will provide a DeLorme Inreach SE satelite communicator. With the Inreach, you pair the device with your smartphone or tablet which allows you to send messages via text, social media to anyone one you want anytime you want. Or, you can use it as a stand alone device and text messages.
In the case of a non-medical emergency, you communicate via text or social media with Trailspotters. We will come and get you at no additional charge. We monitor our phone calls and texts 24/7.
In the case of a medical or more serious emergency, you will communicate with GEOS, by hitting the SOS button on the device. You will indicate the type of emergency to them and, although you can request us to come and get you, if you are not by a road accessible trailhead, or, GEOS determines local emergency rescue (SAR, USCG, etc.) is required, they will coordinate with these entities.
How to sign up:
When making an online reservation, select “Trip Insurance” along with the shuttle time you need. We’ll adjust your bill to reflect additional days in the field with the unit.
Where do I pick this thing up?
Currently, we are only offering this to our Upper Peninsula customers. Trailspotters customers will receive the unit from their driver.
Where do I return thing thing?
You can either drop it off at our World Headquarters in Germfask (8042 M 77 Highway), Grand Marais Outfitters, or a location in Munising to be named later.
You are responsible for any costs incurred by activating the SOS button outside of Trailspotters coming and getting you. Although, most SAR do not charge for rescues unless you do something really, really stupid and expensive.
Each day, your plan will allow you to send out 3 messages, including one message, a “status update”, to anyone to let them know you are ok. You can also be tracked on a map, in 10 minute intervals, and let friends and family know they can watch your progress! How cool is that?