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Ripcord reimburses hurricane victim $16K for canceled photo workshop in Antarctica

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Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroy Antarctic vacation

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A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was gearing up for an 11-day photography workshop in Antarctica and Argentina when disaster struck: Two hurricanes, Irma and Maria, barreled through the island where she lived and decimated her business. She was told it would take months before her offices would be up and running.

She had to call off her December trip to the bottom of the world.

Apart from missing the opportunity to photograph rare species and spectacular polar landscapes, the client had to forfeit about $16,000 in trip deposits and other non-refundable reservations.

Because her comprehensive travel insurance policy from Ripcord covered losses resulting from natural-disaster-related business interruptions, Ripcord refunded her the full amount.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint rescues climber from potential hypothermia on a rock face in Yosemite

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‘Their speed amazed us’

By Murray “Murf” Clark

I’d like to thank Redpoint Resolutions. My family and I are very grateful for their recent rescue of my son from a situation that could have ended much differently without their skilled, professional efforts.

The day after his 24th birthday, my son—with a 20-year-old climbing partner—attempted to summit Half Dome in Yosemite National Park via the Regular Northwest Face, a famous climbing route up 2000 feet of granite on one of the most recognizable rock formations in the world. They thought they were prepared—with knowledge of the route and the proper equipment. They thought they had enough food and water. They expected to complete the climb in the span of one day from pre-dawn until sunset, though neither had climbed the route before. They assumed a “Big Wall” would simply be a longer version of other climbs they had previously completed. They assumed a correct weather forecast, the worst of which was a chance of light rain. They assumed their descent, down the “easier” cable route (with the cable down for the winter), in the dark, would be well within their capabilities, though neither had been on that 9-mile route before either. They were wrong.

My wife and I awoke in Kansas to read hours-old texts from our stranded climber.

John’s climbing partner on the wall

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Redpoint helps knife-wound victim with limb-saving evacuation from Mexico

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Applying a tourniquet in the mountains

The mountains of Mexico

Josh Whitaker was guiding in Coahuila, Mexico, and using his knife when it slipped and punctured his leg. He was left with a gaping, rapidly bleeding wound in a remote ranch in the mountains.

As Josh’s brother, Jason, controlled the bleeding with direct pressure, his team members with Worldwide Trophy Adventures called Redpoint Operations. By satellite text, Redpoint medics instructed Josh’s team how to place an improvised tourniquet above the wound if necessary. Once bleeding was controlled, Redpoint communicated with the group about their ground transportation at a nearby location, so that Josh could be taken to a local airstrip. His team was able to board their camp’s fixed-wing aircraft to evacuate them to a Texas hospital.

There, Josh was stabilized and was taken via helicopter to a military hospital in San Antonio that specializes in these kinds of limb-saving treatments. His leg was spared from amputation.

 

The Whitaker brothers

WTA CEO Mark Peterson, a Ripcord client who has used Ripcord’s services in the past, said it was time to get all of his team signed up with Ripcord, and that he will never let his friends or team mates travel without Ripcord again.

“Again, someone close to me was in need of help in a far off destination,” Peterson said. “This time it was two of my closest friends and business partners Jason and Josh Whitaker. Josh suffered a bad cut on his leg and was unable to walk. And again, Ripcord came to the rescue and helped when others couldn’t. I may sound like a broken record but if you are hunting, hiking, or traveling in remote destinations you need to have Ripcord. I know that if it comes down to it they will get me out when others won’t!!!”

Jason Whitaker writes, “Ripcord not only gets you out of a bad situation, but they also tell you step by step what to do during the emergency as they did with me while helping my twin brother after he got hurt on the side of a mountain in Mexico.”

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Cabela’s CLUB selects Ripcord as preferred rescue travel insurance provider

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Cabela’s CLUB has selected Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ as its preferred partner for rescue travel insurance for guests participating in their Signature Outdoor Adventures and The Experience events. Ripcord provides comprehensive coverage and services for adventurers with remote rescue, emergency evacuation, medical expense coverage, trip cancellation/interruption, baggage loss and more.

“Our Signature Outdoor Adventures and The Experience events take place in remote locations from Texas to South Africa, from Argentina to Scotland. Having a trustworthy rescue travel insurance partner is essential,” said Adam Bender with Cabela’s. “Ripcord has earned a reputation as the most trusted name in travel protection and insurance for hunters. We are highly confident in both recommending and providing their services to our Cabela’s CLUB Black and Silver tier cardholders.”

Going afield brings along the inherent risk of becoming injured or ill. Travel insurance gives hunters the freedom to focus on the adventure.

“It is an honor to be selected by such a recognized name in the hunting industry as Cabela’s,” said Tom Bochnowski, Vice President for Redpoint Resolutions (Ripcord’s parent company). “We have a depth of experience rescuing and reimbursing hunters faced with emergencies and financial loss around the world. Just like Cabela’s, we’re focused on providing the best customer experience in our industry, so our clients can enjoy their adventures with peace of mind.”

Along with many major hunting and conservation groups, such as Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever, Texas Wildlife Association, Conservation Force and Boone & Crockett, Ripcord is recommended by the major African professional hunters’ organizations, including endorsements from APHA, NAPHA, PHASA, TPHA, and ZPHGA. Ripcord is also the recommended evacuation and rescue program for hunters Jim Shockey, Larry Weishuhn and Mark Peterson.

About Cabela’s Signature Outdoor Adventures and The Experience
 

Cabela’s Signature Outdoor Adventures and The Experience events are exclusively available to Cabela’s CLUB Black and Silver tier cardholders. Cabela’s partners with best outfitters and brands around the world to secure the best dates at the most sought-after locations just for their cardholders. As an added bonus each trip comes with a dedicated Cabela’s host and professional photographer.
“Ripcord is the real deal and a must on every hunt. I put my trust in their team of special operations veterans and medical professionals when I’m hunting, and so should you.” – JIM SHOCKEY

Ripcord helps motorcyclist with broken leg in Slovakia

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‘Once again, Ripcord made our lives as tour guides much easier’

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Beach’s group rolls through Eastern Europe

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client, Jane, was motorcycling through Slovakia when she crashed and broke her leg. Her tour guides at Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures rushed her to the hospital in their support van. There, she received x-rays that determined she had fractured her fibula.

Her leg was put in a cast, but Jane decided to continue the trip through Eastern Europe in a rental car. “I was going to be hurting and miserable at home anyway, so I thought I might as well be in pain and see some sights. In the end it was a good decision, I wasn’t sitting in pain at home and I got to see Romania,” she said.

“After the crash, we immediately contacted Ripcord. Everybody there was so wonderful. They kept on top of everything, translated medical documents from Slovakian, etc. It’s not a good feeling being in a foreign hospital where you don’t speak the language or understand what is going on, so it was just really comforting knowing that there was someone there looking after your interests, overseeing your care and checking in with you regularly.”

Ripcord upgraded her seats to business class on the flight home, and assisted her with wheelchair escorts on either end.

“Ripcord made sure I was in business seats where I could stretch out, since I couldn’t bend my leg in the cast. From the moment they met us in Budapest they got us through security, through all the airports with a wheelchair, they were just wonderful.”

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“Having someone navigate the airports for us, and being attentive to every detail, I didn’t have to worry about a thing. It helped ease my mind. People should know how fabulous a company this is,” Jane said.

“Once again, Ripcord made our life as tour guides so much easier,” said Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures co-owner Gretchen Beach. “When an unfortunate incident occurs on tour, the trouble is having the time and ability to give all of our clients the time and attention they deserve while also managing to pay special attention to the injured clients.

“Thanks to Ripcord, we now have a partner who is able to pay much more attention to making sure the injured parties are comfortable and taken care of. Ripcord is an invaluable asset to our tours.”

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.