No matter how connected you think you are, it’s all dependent on getting a strong signal to and from your phone, which isn’t as easy to take for granted when you’re going camping or hiking. For those times, there’s Beartooth, a system that hooks up to your phone and lets you stay in contact with everyone in your group even if there’s no cell signal.
Beartooth works through a system of portable receivers that use their own radio signals for talking to (within five miles) and texting/locating (within ten miles) other receivers in the group. Since it pairs with your smartphone and boasts a simple, intuitive interface, it’s easy to use even if you’re in a high-stress situation — if Hugh Glass had had this, he might never have gotten attacked by that bear.
A pair of Beartooth receivers will set you back $149, but you can get more to accommodate whatever size team you plan to take out into the wilderness at the product’s official site here. You can also see how it works in the video below.