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Course Details

2022 – updated to include the new Garmin inReach Mini 2.

In this masterclass, you’ll learn about:

  • The Garmin inReach Ecosystem
  • Garmin inReach Setup & Activation Process & Issues
  • How Sync Works: inReach Device, Garmin Express, inReach Sync, Earthmate, and Explore
  • How to Use the Garmin inReach on a Trip
  • Using the Garmin inReach for GPS, Navigation, and Trip Planning
  • Messaging on the Garmin inReach

In addition, you’ll get these email addendums once a day starting the day after you sign up for the course:

  • How SOS and rescue response work.
  • Gaia and Garmin GPX conversion issues and how to resolve them.
  • Weather forecasting issues and additional tools.
  • Pre-trip, during-trip, and post-trip checklists for maintaining and using your inReach.
  • inReach battery management: issues and optimizing.
  • How to monitor the efficacy of GPS and messaging satellites to maximize the chance messages will be successfully sent and received, and locations will be accurately determined.
  • What I use for Preset and Quick messages, and why.


  • Title: How to Use the Garmin inReach for Navigation, Tracking, and Messaging
  • Presenter(s): Ryan Jordan, Publisher, Backpacking Light
  • Length: 3.5 hours of video content

Course Curriculum

Module 1

!! inReach MINI 2 Users: Watch this Video First !!

Module 2


Module 3

Overview of the Garmin Ecosystem

Module 4

How to Use the Buttons on an In-Reach Mini

Module 5

How do I find the IMEI Number and Authorization Code on an inReach Mini?

Module 6

How to Set Up your Explore Account and Activate your inReach

Module 7

How does syncing work between the inReach Mini, Earthmate mobile app, and the Garmin Explore website?

Module 8

Earthmate Installation, Pairing, and Setup

Module 9

Using Explore, Earthmate, and the inReach During a Trip

Module 10

Using an inReach Device for Navigation

Module 11

Satellite Messaging: Preset, Quick Text, and Custom Messages

Module 12

Q&A Session #1

Module 13

Q&A Session #2

Module 14


Module 15

(Mini 2) – Introduction to the inReach Mini 2

Module 16

(Mini 2) – inReach Mini 2 Setup, Pairing, Activation, Software Updates, and Sync

Module 17

(Mini 2) – inReach Mini 2 Screens, Widgets, and Menus

Module 18

(Mini 2) – Tour of the Explore App