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13 year-old Summits Everest!

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Team Jordan Romero of Big Bear California, successfully summitted Mount Everest on May 22nd, 2010., from the lesser used, and more technical, Chinese North side.  Jordan Romero has now climbed 7 of the “8 Summits”, only Vinson Massif in Antarctica remains to be done in order to have climbed the highest peaks on all continents (incl. Papua New Guinea).

Using a GPS tracking beacon provided by TrackMe360.com, fans and supporters around the world were able to follow his adventure in real time.  Check out more about this incredible feat here.

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Jordan is off to Everest!

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

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April 6th, 2010 – Jordan Romero, 13 year old marvel mountaineer from Big Bear Lake, California, has left on the big journey that will eventually place him on the top of the world atop Mount Everest, some time in May.  Jordan will be carrying a GPS satellite beacon from TrackMe360, that together with mapping technology from ESRI (makers of the most used GIS Geo mapping software in the world) will give Jordan’s fans and friends a chance to follow his adventure. Live map will be posted soon (check back here)

 

 

Jordan sent me this picture from Katmandu, sipping tea with his SPOT beacon right there saying “never leave home without it” (Amex, sorry…no harm intended) :)

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Parting words from Jordan were…

36hr before 5 day drive to base camp, then 3 days to ABC, then 1 month of back breaking work, oh joy.”

I don’t know about you, but when I was 13, I was stoked to climb that 100 ft hill behind the school…Jordan has climbed Elbrus, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Karstens…what am I missing???…incredible!

Baby SPOT is here! $149.95 (and get $ back when upgrading)

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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There is nothing “baby” about the new SPOTs capabilities besides its size.  The new SPOT is smaller, lighter and better.  Get yours now, or upgrade and get cash back.

SPECS

Height:
3.7″ (9.4 cm)
Width:
2.6″ (6.6 cm)
Thickness:
1″ (2.5 cm)
Weight:
5.2 oz (147.4g)
Operating Temp:
-30C to 60C
(-22F to 140F)
Operating Altitude:
-100m to +6,500m
(-328ft to +21,320ft)
Humidity Rated:
MIL-STD-810F,
Method 507.3,
95% to 100% cond.
Vibration Rated:
Per SAE J1455
Battery
Type:
3 AAA Energizer™ Lithium Ultimate 8X

Team TrackMe360 at Untamed New England (July 9-12)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

TrackMe360 is sponsoring an amazing group of athletes to compete in the AR Worlds Championship qualifier Untamed New England.  This non-stop, 70 hr adventure race will take competitors through mosquito and gnat infested bogs, up and down rugged mountains, and down and across lakes and rivers, using only the gear and food they can carry, and their wit.  Our team consists of Thomas Bastis (captain), Mats Jansson (navigator), Susan Bower (logistics), and Susannah Cantrell (health and first aid).  The fun starts on July 9th, and with the help of TrackMe360, the race will be featuring Live GPS Tracking, so fans, family and friends can follow along.

2009 Race Across America – Team Donate Life on Adventure Zone

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Team Donate Life has two teams in this year’s Race Across America (RAAM).  TrackMe360 has provided the two teams with GPS trackers, and fans, friends and family will be able to follow them on TrackMe360’s Adventure Zone.  A bit about Team Donate Life…

TDL started with the simple story of a patient… and a doctor. In August 2003, Jason Weckworth donated his kidney to his father. Four months after their transplant, Jason ran the California International Marathon, demonstrating how quickly live donors can return to a very normal and healthy lifestyle with full recovery soon after transplants.One year later in September 2004, Dr. Ric Perez, Chief of the UC Davis Medical Center Transplant Division, called Jason to ask him to participate in the Race Across America (RAAM) 2005 with a group of UCD Medical Center doctors and surgeons, including Dr. Eric Heiden, the 5-Time Olympic Gold Speed Skater. This group of athletic-minded medical staff wanted to further publicize transplantation by entering the hardest bicycle race in the world… with a donor patient in their group. (Of course, no one knew that Jason didn’t even own a bike at the time… until this website story was published! p.s. don’t tell Eric!)
Needless to say, RAAM 2005 was a huge success with media interviews and news stories throughout the country. Upon its successful completion, TDL Directors decided to continue their PR efforts with two teams in 2006 and six teams in 2007.

What started as a simple, crazy idea of some doctors wanting to spread the message of hope and health for future transplant patients and donors has turned into a passionate community of runners, cyclists, ultra-athletes, and friends who care about making a difference in the world.
 

 

 

Diablo 50 Miler tracked in real time using new GPRS/GSM tracker

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Thomas Bastis, of California adventure racing fame, will be embarking on his first 50 Mile ultra run on Sunday, April 19th, 2009.  With him, around his waist, will be a small, light, MyAthlete tracker, that uses the cell phone network to show his progress on an online map for the 14 or so hours that he is out there.  To see his progress between 7 AM and 9 PM on Sunday April 19th, click here, and use the following login:

user: 239

password: 123

Track Thomas!

TrackMe360 uses SPOT trackers for remote areas, and MyAthlete trackers for events that are within cell phone range.

Record Your Route at the Arizona Rogaine Championships – $25

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

***To reserve your GPS logger, click here***

TrackMe360 will be on location at the North American Rogaine Championships on May 15-17, at the Mogollon Rim in Arizona.  It can be tricky to remember ones route in a rogaine, and using a small, lightweight GPS logger, is a great way to have an exact record of the route taken, for post race analysis.  TrackMe360 will be renting out GISTEQ’s PhotoTrakr Lite, including the AA lithium battery, to Rogaine teams for $25.  This includes e-mail delivery of the route in gpx and kml (Google Earth) formats, as well as a route comparison web site for the Championship at TrackMe360’s Adventure Zone, where all recorded tracks can be viewed.

The Gisteq PhotoTRakr Lite is very small and light, and has a very powerful GPS chip.  It can record points every 10 seconds and one single AA battery lasts about 25 hrs

If you reserve a logger, you will pick up and drop it off to and from Mats Jansson, who is also competing in the rogaine.  More instructions follow online reservation.

To reserve your GPS logger, click here.

Buy a SPOT for $99.95* and help a boy reach his dream!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

From now until December 31, 2008, you can buy a SPOT GPS satellite messenger for just $99.95* (after $50 mail-in rebate), and $5 will go towards Jordan Romero’s Seven Summit Quest.  Jordan Romero, if you haven’t heard of him already, is 12 years old, and has already climbed 5 of what is commonly called “Seven Summits” – the highest peaks on every continent.  He only has two left (although a third peak – Karstens Pyramid in Indonesia is on the agenda as well).  Vinson Massif on Antarctica, and Mount Everest.  He appeared on NBC Nightline not too long ago.  He is an inspiration to all of us – the passion, the focus, the commitment – he is an amazing kid!  Help him out while helping yourself to a “must own” safety device for outdoor people – the SPOT.  Order your $99.95* SPOT NOW!

*) SPOT requires a service subscription in order to function.  After purchase, buyers subscribe online at www.findmespot.com @ $99.99 and up.

Baja 1000: Where’s Rick Johnson???

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Motocross hall-of-famer Rick Johnson is racing in the Baja 1000.  He is equipped with a SPOT GPS tracker from TrackMe360.com.  To follow his journey November 21-23, 2008, use the below links:

Rick’s TrackMe360 Adventure Zone Map (includes race course background)

Rick’s Standard SPOT Map (larger, but doesn’t have the race course marked on it)

Sean Morley around Vancouver Island in record time!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Sean Morley is back from his record setting trip around Vancouver Island.  See his trip route at the TrackMe360 Adventure Zone.

Here’s Sean speaking of his achievement:

“Hi folks:

I am just back in Cali, at a Motel 6 in Yreka, catching up on some work and sleep before leaving in the early hours to make the final drive home.

So just a quick update: I finished the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island at 7.42pm on Saturday October 11th, in the dark and rain. I started at 2.53pm on Wednesday September 24th which by my sketchy math makes a total of 17days 4hours 49minutes.

It was one of the toughest challenges I have ever undertaken on several levels. Whilst the sea conditions I faced were much less challenging than during my UK and Ireland circumnavigation, and that was of course a much longer (6 month) trip, the fact that I was trying to break a record and that I desperately wanted to get home to be with my family meant that what seemed at times to be constant headwinds became incrediby frustrating. I pushed my body and mind as far as I ever want to go and will not rush to put myself in that position again. I found the pressure of breaking a speed record quite different to that of being ‘first’ to do something. It was definitely a different mindset and one that turned an amazing journey into something of a chore for a large part of the time.

That said of course it is very satisfying to have set out with a goal and to achieve it. I saw some incredible scenery, had some really close encounters with some amazing wildlife, and grew to love and respect our ocean and its coastline even more than I did before. I learnt a lot about myself now that I am a father and how this has changed my attitudes to record breaking and risk taking without me being aware of it until now.

I will download my camera and get some photos posted asap. Thank you so much for your support. Believe me, knowing that there were quite a few folk willing me on made all the difference when the doubts crept into my head, which they did several times.

By the way, I used a Valley Nordkapp (standard size, NOT the low volume) and it was awesome! My Kokatat gear performed superbly, as did my Optimus cooker and Gaia dry bags. I used a Lettmann Nordic wing paddle in a medium blade size and 215cm in length. The same type of paddle that I used for my UK and Ireland trip and once again it was as smooth as silk and bomb proof.

After 700miles I had no blisters on my hands, just an aching back and two very sore heels which I bruised whilst bracing in big seas whilst being blown down the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Time to get some sleep so that I will have the energy to play with Shea Bella tomorrow afternoon.

Good night!”

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