Personal GPS Tracking Device – Yellowbrick and G-Layer with Eric Philips

Eric PhilipsFor over a year we’ve been supporting Eric Philips with our Yellowbrick personal GPS tracking device.

Besides being a great professional, Eric is also a friend.

I was lucky enough to participate in a Polar expedition which he lead, and I’ve always been fascinated by his “expedition” guitar and story telling abilities.

While this goes well with a warm meal and some wine in Longyearbyen, its value is much greater when you’re stranded in a tent at minus 40.

The other day I had a chat with Eric on skype (this time over a cup of coffee).

I was curious to know more about what he had been using for positioning and communications before we supplied him with a Yellowbrick personal GPS tracking device.

Here is what he told me:

Personal GPS Tracking Device“In 2002 I skied with my friend Jon Muir from Russia to the North Pole. We were totally unsupported which means no food drops, no reliance on the outside word. For comms we relied on an Iridium phone and an Argos beacon that transmitted our daily position which was sent to our website where it was displayed on a map.

Still somewhat naive in the realities of Arctic Ocean travel we brought a solar panel thinking we could charge our phone batteries but the low and weak sun offered us nothing and after a week our batteries were dead.

The beacon became our secure and automated link to the outside world, or so we thought. About three weeks into the trip we were camped next to a giant open lead, waiting for it to freeze, when a plane came over the horizon and circled around us not once, not twice but three times.

I thought it a bit odd, that a tourist plane would take so much interest, and it wasn’t until we finished the expedition that we realized it was a Russian search plane which had found us by extrapolating our last transmitted position a week earlier.

The antenna on our beacon had come loose and we were suddenly off the air causing no end of turmoil back at home, with both our families and the press. A few days after the plane found us (the pilot reported back that he found our tent with happy waving hands) I noticed the loose antenna and secured it, not knowing that it both resumed transmission and drew a heavy and collective sigh of relief back home.”

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Beacons have come a long way

“Beacons have come a long way since then and Yellowbrick personal GPS tracking device is at the cutting edge of safety and tracking for not only polar expeditions but any outdoor venture. I’ve used my brick to both the North and South Poles and it’s steady, and sturdy, as a rock. If only I’d had it back in 2002, it would have saved us a hefty search bill from the Russians!”

Thanks Eric, we’ll make sure your Yellowbrick personal GPS tracking device
is always with you when you need it!

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The smart choice – Yellowbrick Personal GPS tracking device

Yellowbrick is the ideal personal GPS tracking device for professional adventurers looking for a personal gps tracker.

The pricing structure means it is also the economical option for casual hikers, weekend off-roaders, dirt bike riders, or anyone wanting to keep in touch and be safe in remote locations.




1 Comment
  1. wonderful post, very informative. I’m wondering why the other specialists of this sector don’t understand this. You should proceed your writing. I am sure, you have a great readers’ base already!

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