We are always advocating for getting outside to get healthy in Colorado, when possible. Sunshine, change of scenery, fresh air have their own benefits above the miles or heart rate. Because of the great state we live in, we have been allowed to do this even during Covid-19 restrictions, with that standard distancing and mask wearing, of course. However, as we become more isolated as a society–for good and safe reasons presently–we increase risk when we exercise outdoors.

We can often find ourselves hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, etc in more remote places and even in less remote places but with fewer people. This can increase risk when injuries occur that someone can’t find you. However, this is so much wearable tech on the market these days that can help add a nice base layer of safety that you can get help on any mountain or trail if something were to happen.

SPOT Tracker

We have to start with SPOT. This is an old technology that was spat out of NASA, where a signal pings between the device, a satellite, and home base. The device is pretty cheap, but the subscription you need to attach runs around $250/year. When you turn it on, it will ping your location every 10 minutes or so. You family will have a link to follow along and knows where you are–or knows where te device is–at all times. They can see how fast you are moving, if you are stopped, etc. Better still, it has an emergency button that you can hit to send a distress signal if something goes wrong, particularly in places where there is no cellular reception.

Medical Alert Devices

We would be remiss not to mention wearable tech that is designed for seniors. While lots of devices cover this same path, if a senior you know has any type of medical alert pendant or bracelet, be sure they wear these when they are in the mountains. Only some of these services will stay on the line while help arrives, so we’d recommend finding companies, such as Alert1, Lifeline, and Medical Guardian, who will stay on the phone/device until help arrives.

Obviously, Your Phone

Just so you don’t think we are skipping over the most obvious tech, which is your smart phone. A text or phone call is the easy and obvious choice, and should be the go-to for anyone in peril. You certainly don’t need to buy anything new, like the above or the below, and can just use this device. The trouble you can get into is if you depend solely on this device in the Colorado Mountains, and you are out of cell range–which is very common in many parts of the state. In this case, you need backup.

Strava

Strava is a running/biking app, though useful for tons of other activities, where you can share and interact with others. Basically, social media for fitness. Lots of cool stuff in this app, but is has some additional–if not, accidental–features where you can use it for safety. First, it now has a live feed for run tracking, which can help people find you. Second, since it works on GPS, it doesn’t need a cell signal, much like the SPOT device.

Tell People Where You Are

Finally, just tell someone where you are going to be. Post it to Facebook or text/call people. This is just a helpful measure to ensure that someone in this world is watching for you or can help others find you if you don’t make it back in time for supper. You

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