Toughprint Map helps Keith out of trouble, but not how you’d expect!

This is a true story. Many thanks to Memory-Map customer Keith Thomas who wrote:

“A couple of weeks ago I was cycling on gravel estate roads near Corrour in the Scottish Highlands with my 17 year old son when he suffered a blow-out of his front tyre. A stone had made a half-inch cut in the tyre through which the inner tube had bulged and burst. We had a spare tube but simply fitting that without repairing the cut in the tyre would have led to a repeat failure. After some thought about what we could do in a location about 10 miles from the nearest tarmac road, it occurred to me that I had a spare A4 map printed on your Toughprint paper. I folded this over a few times and inserted it inside the tyre to cover the cut, where it would be held in place by the inflated spare tube. This worked a treat and we completed our planned ride for the day without further problems! A great advertisement for the strength of your excellent product – thanks for creating such a versatile product, it saved our day!”

Here’s how he did it…a.264mmEstablish the location of the split in the tyre.

b.261mmFold and position your Toughprint map within the tyre.

c.264mmHold in place with your spare inner tube.

d.261mmOnce safely home, your map is still good to use… you can find the nearest bicycle repair shop!


So there you have it, Toughprint waterproof paper is so durable that in the right hands it can act as an emergency engineering solution! Well done Keith and thanks for sharing.


Do your adventures take you beyond mobile phone services?

SPOT Gen3 is the great new GPS satellite tracker and messenger which works where mobiles can’t reach, providing you with a critical, life-saving line of communication using 100% satellite technology.

4b717b54d2c513d455db3a0d49fd3615When your adventures take you beyond cell service, the SPOT Gen3, a personal GPS tracking device that everyone venturing outdoors can carry, uses satellite tracking to let family and friends know you’re safe and sound. If the worst happens, SPOT Gen3 will send emergency responders to your GPS at the push of a button.

Most trackers using mobile phone technology cannot help you when you lose the mobile signal – something which can happen quite frequently in the hills and valleys, woods or even in open countryside.

There are several features which come as standard and various extras through subscription.

Basic Features with your Gen3 (when combined with Basic Service & Tracking subscription)

SOS – In an emergency, transmit an SOS with your exact location to GEOS emergency response Coordination Centre to activate a rescue.
Check in – Let family and friends know you’re ok when you’re out of mobile phone range. Send a pre-programmed text message with GPS coordinates or an email with a link to Google Maps™ to your contacts with your location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
Help/SPOT Assist – Alert your personal contacts that you need help in non-life-threatening situations. Or use SPOT Assist for professional services on land or water (additional service required).
Motion Activated Tracking – A vibration sensor tells SPOT to send your GPS location when you are moving and to stop when you also stop. This conserves battery power and avoids sending duplicate tracks.

SPOT service 12 month subscription is required to activate all SPOT devices
Basic Annual Service & Tracking

Minimum subscription requirement for SPOT Gen3 includes unlimited predefined Custom, Check In, Tracking, Help and SOS messages. Tracking: 1 position every 10 minutes for 24 hours so you can share your adventures in near real time via SPOT Adventures or a SPOT shared page.

Enhanced tracking services – only available with SPOT Gen3
Unlimited Tracking Subscription

SPOT Gen3’s Unlimited Tracking allows you to choose your rate of tracking. Pre-set your SPOT Gen3 to send tracks at the speed of your adventures. Change your tracks to send every 5, 10, 30, or 60 minutes. SPOT Gen3 will send tracks at your chosen rate for as long as your device is turned on and moving (no need to re-set after 24 hours). Tracking doesn’t stop until you do.

Extreme Tracking subscription

Get all of the great features of Unlimited Tracking, but with the added ability to vary your track rate down to every 2 ½ minutes.

Don’t miss a step with increased track rates by adding this rugged, pocket-sized device to your essential gear to stay connected wherever you roam – available from Memory-Map.