If you have ever been out to a big camping festival, then you know how easy it is to lose your campsite, especially at an event like Burning Man. You used to have to use landmarks and your sense of direction to find your way back, but if you are tired, or have been partying a little (or a lot), this sometimes can leave you in the lurch.
Not being able to find your campsite amongst rows and rows of tents or across a disorienting playa can be frustrating, but we found an inexpensive solution for this problem in the unlikeliest of brands. Meet the Breadcrumb Location Tracker, which works with a small blue plastic beacon and an app for your phone that works via BlueTooth. Why is this unusual? The tech for this device was created for hunters, more specifically bow hunters, as the first tracker was applied to arrow nocks to track them after taking a shot.
So if you go to Breadcrumb site and see a bunch of guys in camouflage with heavy-duty gear don't be dissuaded, because this tech can work for a lot of different people in a lot of different ways.
So how does it work?
It's a pretty simple learning curve and only takes about 5 minutes to set up and start using. First, you need to download the Breadcrumb app and put two AAA batteries in the device. Once that's done, you can set up the app to use location tracking, pair the device with the beacon, and you are ready to set up your first location.
Once you drop the beacon and set the location, it will communicate this with the map on your phone with GPS coordinates, and then you can activate either an audible chirp or flashing light (or both) to create an audio/visual indicator. As soon as you are within 150 feet of your location, your Bluetooth can trigger the beacon to engage and lead you back to your campsite. The beacon itself is weather-resistant and should be able to handle most weather that comes it's way, from dust storms to rain.
It also works with your phones digital map to help you find your way back even if you are out of range so that you can wander deep into the playa or festival with confidence.