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RE: [at-l] Beware of people packing PC's




>Wow.
>
>Whew.
>
>Someone has good lungs.
>
>Hope the journal entries are shorter.
>
>For us that think in short sentences.. help..
>
>Question: Will one run out of battery power for that PALM or paper first :)
>
>bear bells.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-at-l@backcountry.net [mailto:owner-at-l@backcountry.net]On
>Behalf Of Ronald Moak
>Sent: Friday, March 10, 2000 11:55 PM
>To: at-l@backcountry.net
>Subject: [at-l] Beware of people packing PC's
>
>
>I have to say I've been reading the posts over the last few days with a
>mixture of interest and dismay. It almost seems as if this list is
beginning
>to take on a little flavor of that other one we like to criticize so much.
>
>The one where the expert with thousands of trail miles drops in and bless
us
>with his appearance. All the while informing us that because he done so
many
>miles of trail he has a better sense of the true trail experience than us
>mere mortals. As such he should be allowed to speak for us.
>
>Whenever someone supposes to speak for me, my guard has a natural tendency
>to rise.
>
>Despite the well meaning banter on the place of technology on the trail,
I'm
>here to say the discussion has absolutely nothing to do with technology at
>all. In fact technology is merely a smoke screen for deeper more
fundamental
>issues. Yet, as usual, we seem to like to dance on the surface of issues.
>Thoroughly convinced that we've had an epiphany (A sudden manifestation of
>the essence or meaning of something.).
>
>Before moving on to the real subject at hand, I'll site a couple of
examples
>of why technology is not the issue here.
>
>First - Consider a person traveling through the wilds of interior Alaska
>packing a PC and hundreds of miles away from the nearest person. Would
>anyone here give a rat's ass as to what he was carrying. No! We would be
>concerned if he was lighting fires, cutting down tress or all other forms
of
>mischief. But do you honestly care if he's packing a PC.
>
>Second - There's far more technology in my wrist watch and camera than in
>the largest mainframe computer of 50 years ago. And my watch doesn't even
>include a compass, thermometer, altimeter and whatever else they toss in
>these days. In another 10 years my everyday workstation will be reduced
down
>to the size of a watch and with come with its own audio interface. Yet I
>haven't heard word one about frisking people and confiscating their watches
>or cameras.
>
>The real issue here is one of "Political Correctness" not "Personal
>Computers". It's about what happens when two or more people collide in the
>wilderness and one doesn't like what the other is doing. You could just as
>easily substitute computers with snores (which I do to excess) and the
>discussion would be the same. We wouldn't touch that issue because it deals
>directly with people.
>
>The fact that these issues continue to arise shouldn't really come as a
>surprise to anyone. The trail is becoming more populated each year. Will it
>eventually taper off? I don't know and wouldn't put money on it.
>
>The really funny thing about this issue, is that the US is literally
blessed
>with thousands of miles of trails that rarely ever see visitors. In fact
>many of them are in danger of disappearing while the AT gets overused.
>
>If you choose to hike the AT that's fine. Just remember that there are of
>hundreds of others out there hiking too. Whither or not they share your
>reason for being there is irrelevant. They belong just as much as any of
us.
>
>On the other hand if the crowded trails are not your thing, you are invited
>to take the road less traveled.
>
>Ron "Fallingwater" Moak
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