Please be aware that all of these recommended modes of communication can be unreliable and at times you will be unable to make contact with anyone. If you are having difficulty receiving a signal it may be possible to get to higher ground to improve signal strength. This can be very time consuming and in some cases dangerous, please use caution. As always with technology, be aware of the weaknesses of your system.
The Iridium system currently provides the ONLY coverage over Quttinirpaaq. Make sure to bring extra batteries and keep your device dry. Portable solar chargers for batteries are also recommended. Be sure to write down emergency phone numbers and program them into the phone.
Satellite phones are the preferred means of making contact. Your phone can put you in touch with emergency assistance 24 hours a day. We recommend obtaining a satellite phone prior to your trip as they are not available in the north.
SPOT devices do not cover high latitudes and therefore do not work in Quttinirpaaq.
InReach devices have good coverage and are fairly reliable in Quttinirpaaq.
Personal locator beacons (PLB)
Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) can also be carried into remote areas. When activated, they send a distress signal to the Canadian Armed Forces in Trenton, Ontario who will initiate a rescue from there. Once activated, the signal is nonreversible; these are to be used in a life-threatening situation only. Make sure your PLB is properly registered by calling the Canadian Personal Emergency Beacon Registry in Trenton at 1-877-406-7671 or online. Only PLB’s that transmit a distress signal at 406 MHz are permitted in Canada.