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[at-l] Pocketmail experiences on long-distance hikes?

Loved my pocketmail too; first one (old model) died and had to be
replaced.  Loved the new one

On Sat, 13 Nov 2004 19:01:13 -0500, Art Cloutman <art@crystalacresnh.com> wrote:
> >Would someone who has used a pocketmail device on a long-distance hike
> >share their experience please? Would you recommend it?
> >
> >Thanks.
> >
> >David
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> David,
>    I used the Pocketmail device for my AT-Thru hike this year.  I had
> great experience with it.  I made a couple of mistakes that caused
> problems.  I brought it into my sleeping bag planning on writing my
> daily journal at Standing Indian Shelter.  It was very cold and rainy
> so the shelter filled up quickly.  I didn"t have enough elbow room to
> type and was affraid if I left my bag to repack the composer I would
> lose some of the space I had achieved so I decided to keep it in my
> bag with me.  Somehow I managed to roll over on it during the night
> and cracked the screen.  I was without a device for about 1 1/2 weeks
> while a replacement was delivered to me on the trail.  At Standing
> Bear Farm I was able to use the two devices to transfer data from the
> damaged computer to the new computer.  then I transcribed all of the
> journal entries I had been taking by hand into the new machine and
> sent it via email home to my wife.  In the Roan Mountains I
> accidently dropped my pack onto the top of the Pocket Mail Composer
> and cracked a little bit of the corner of the screen again.  But this
> time It did not interfere with use.  It has been an excellent tool.
> I never had problems making connections.  I even found it possible to
> use a generous hikers analog cell phone to relay my email.  I
> recommend it highly.  I did keep it in a special waterproof bag
> because I heard of other hikers having digital cameras, radios, cell
> phones, and pocketmail devices damaged by dense fog and humidity.
> --
> Life is Good!!!
> Art Cloutman
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