By Brad Trumbo
The Times 

Palouse Outdoors:Stay Safe with a Satellite Communication System


Brad Trumbo

The Garmin inReach is a small and affordable device that communicates via text through satellites in remote locations.

Hunting, fishing, and hiking always seemed vanilla to me when it comes to the potential for injury and death. That could be one reason that a passion for the outdoors hit me when I was a child. My brothers chided me for being a "sissy," and the best escape from the ridicule was avoidance somewhere beneath the trees on the neighboring woodlots.

I began tree-stand hunting for white-tailed deer in my late teens and quickly realized the dangers of the activity. I took the proper precautions with ropes and harnesses and always let someone know when and where I was headed and returning. Aside from t...

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