While walking the Nile I was out there alone for long periods of time, sometimes accompanied by a guide (like Boston) plus a skeleton TV crew that joined me every now and again (though some of the filming for the four-part Channel 4 TV series was done by me using a hand-held camera). But despite this solitude and the magnitude of the expedition, every day I sent my grid location back to the Ops Room at Secret Compass so they knew where I was.
Leave your name and dates in log books where provided in huts and at trail heads so people know when to expect and where to start looking if things don’t go to plan. Knowing that someone somewhere knew where I’d been and where I was heading was a comfort. Even if for the peace of mind of those you leave behind, a regular check-in arrangement isn’t a bad idea at all.
There are some relatively cost-effective GPS tracking solutions which I used effectively on the Nile expedition. For example;
1. SPOT tracker
2. Delorme InReach communicator (which you can leave turned off unless you have a problem)
3. Thuraya’s Satsleeve for iPhone
4. Inmarsat’s IsatPhone Pro
Alternatively you can hire SatPhones for the duration of your trek – just make sure that the country you’re heading into permits their use.