Increase your safety
when traveling in bear country. This phone app helps you be heard by
bears, so you don't make the mistake of surprising them. HeyBear! works
well with Bluetooth external speakers, like the ION Clipster Active.
“Hey bear! Here we come! Hey bear!”
My wife, friends and I have been calling out these words for decades
while hiking in bear country in Alaska. As the bear safety saying goes:
“Make noise when traveling in bear country”. Sudden encounters with
bears, that’ don’t hear you coming, can be dangerous.
The HeyBear! phone app helps alert bears of your presence. The app can
be used with the phone’s speaker or paired with a Bluetooth external
speaker for more volume and better phone battery life. The ION Clipster
Active is such an external speaker that works well with the HeyBear!
HeyBear! provides a number of progressively assertive voices and sounds:
bear bells, female voice, male voice, whistle, alarm and siren. There
are four audio clips for each of these sound categories and they can be
played sequentially or randomly. Multiple categories can be selected, so
you can customize a variety of sounds.
Of course, you can make your own noise when traveling in bear country.
But by pairing your voice with this phone app, it will sound to a bear
like more people are approaching. This will increase your safety factor.
Plus, if travelers are unfamiliar with what sounds to make when in bear
country, this app can do the job for them.
My companions and I have seen many bears over the decades of recreating
in the backcountry of Alaska. But we have never had a bear charge us.
Most likely this is because we have let the bears hear us before they
see us. Hopefully the HeyBear! phone app can help make travel in bear
country safer for you.
Update for iPhone: The HeyBear! iPhone app now supports 7 different
languages. If your iPhone has it's default language set to any of
the languages shown below, the text on the HeyBear buttons will show
your preferred language.
Alaskan bears are used to hearing Alaskans. They may become
curious hearing foreign languages, especially Asian languages, and want
to investigate the strange (to them) sounds. So play it safe.
Sound like an Alaskan when you are hiking!