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About Rick Belden - Hiking Emergency BeaconI have always loved the outdoors, and especially the mountains, from the Cascade Mountain range to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico.

My love of the outdoors started when I grew up in Oregon and Washington for the first 20 years of my life. I still remember the beautiful mountains, many times enveloped by clouds, rain, and mist but I also remember the crystal clear rivers and lakes where you could see 20 feet down to the bottom.

I joined the Air force in 1986 and was shipped off to Texas and then to Oklahoma City, where I found the love of my life but no one told me the secret about marrying an Oklahoma Girl. If you marry one, you might never leave the state.

We have lived the past 30 years in Edmond, Oklahoma where we raised our two children and have loved every minute of it, however, I have never lost my love of the mountains and have always planned many hiking and backpacking trips to the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico and Colorado.

Recently, my daughter and I were hiking up around Bear Lake, in the Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado. We met a more experienced hiker that had something blinking on his backpack and I asked him what it was. He told me he hikes a lot by himself so he bought an Emergency Satellite Messenger, as it gives his wife some comfort and allows him to call for help if he gets into any trouble. He had a SPOT Gen3, which I now also have. You can learn more about the satellite messenger in my SPOT Gen3 Review.

It’s amazing that it took me over 30 years to consider the importance of having a Personal Locator Beacon or a Emergency Satellite Messenger but it is my desire to share my experiences here with you now on how important it is that we are all prepared when things go wrong or are able to help others in need.

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Rick

Founder of Hiking Emergency Beacon