Since many backcountry zones are outside of cell range, your next best option for emergencies is a satellite phone. Spot's new Global Phone is the best we've used: lightweight (7 ounces) and simple, with great voice quality and affordable rates, starting at 25 cents a minute. [$500; findmespot.com]
The 2014 Adventure Issue
From Iceland's Highway 1 to Utah's Canyonlands, an epic itinerary for modern explorers.
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