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The Garmin inReach Explorer+ is like a swiss army knife of a digital tool. It’s your Global Positioning System, weather forecaster, satellite SMS communicator, and emergency beacon.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt


When the team from The Wild Dirt went to the Olympic National Park we outfitted ourselves with the Explorer+. We all loved being able to check the way points that we set up before the hike. We set them to identify known water sources, campsites, and other features.


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The Explorer+ is more than just a GPS. Because it has a satellite connection you can communicate globally by sending SMS and/or email messages. We fired off daily status and positioning messages to family and friends. Since phone service was so spotty this gave a peace of mind to those back home.


Lastly, we checked the weather forecast every few days to have a heads up on temperature and precipitation fluctuations that could be coming our way. Being out on the Olympic Peninsula the weather can change fast and we wanted to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature threw at us.


The Explorer+ allows you to confidently look fear in the face and come back home stronger and more courageous.

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