I should of added that my friends problem with the SPOTS was in canyons with tree cover, but if you are going to fall down and break a leg can you pick your spot to do it?
One thing that you can do it contact your wife like my brother in law does. He will call her every couple of nights on the cell phone. He might have to drive a few miles to find a signal but he'll do that just to let her know that he is OK.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...