Communication in the wilderness is essential. It would be foolhardy to fish with a guide in New Zealand who didn’t own and carry a satellite phone.
Satellite phones can be used in a medical emergency, to arrange alternative pick-up times by helicopter, check weather forecasts, or save your bacon if a river flooded and you got stuck on the wrong side.
We don’t generally give out our satellite phone numbers as we use them for outcalls only.
We have lots of other safety gear too, including GPS enabled 406 MHz personal locator beacons (EPIRB), first aid training, comprehensive first aid kits, and other hardware in our vehicles and camp-out gear.