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[at-l] Cell Phones, yet again - the 'rules'

I'm almost sorry for brining this hot button issue up.  The last thing  
I'll say on this topic is I'm not going to carry a phone to annoy  
people, I'm going to carry a phone because that is what my personal  
situation dictates I do.  I'll try not to annoy anyone on the trial  
with it's use and I don't plan on having it on all the time, just now  
and then so I can stay in contact with home.

The reason I was so bummed about the whole phone thing is I am  
generally a well-liked person, and I like that.  I go out of my way to  
help friends and family as well as complete strangers from time to time  
and being helpful is something I enjoy.  If I'm carrying a phone and it  
deeply offends someone else then I would apologize and I would not,  
while on the trail, try to be on the phone in such close proximity to  
other hikers.

However, at the same time, if I take a break in a spot which does have  
coverage and I make a couple calls and you walk up and starting giving  
me a lecture on how I'm ruining your trail experience please just keep  
on moving.  I'll boil you up some of the best Korean ramen you've ever  
had at the next shelter to make up for the inconvenience.


On Apr 17, 2005, at 2:48 PM, Dave wrote:

> I had a guy chew me out for having a cell phine on my pack. i told him  
> were he can stick it. Has a amputee hiker I have toacarrya  saatlight  
> cel phone becuse fo that fact of sothing happosn to my leg then I will  
> be screwed . On top of it has the result of a work acdent I am know a  
> dibtiec and if my suger drops then I have problims I am a solo hiker.  
> I like havig just me and the dog.
> Carol Donaldson wrote:
>> Last weekend I never saw or heard the "other hiker" that was on the  
>> trail with me but I knew he was there as I seemed to be following his  
>> cigarette smoke.  That rated exceptionally high on my annoyance  
>> scale.  If I wanted to smell cigarettes I could have gone to a bar.
>> Is two people talking on the trail looked down on?  I can't tell you  
>> how many times I've had to listen to two people misquote philosophers  
>> and poetry while hiking.
>> What about people smoking pot on the trail?  How does that rate on  
>> everyone's annoyance scale?
>> Greg
>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
>> -----------------------
>> Greg, never fear.  Those who have opinions about cell phones may  
>> think GPS are okay.  MAY.
>> They preach Hike Your Own Hike and then make RULES for the rest of us.
>> Not unlike myself making up the "rule" that if a person doesn't  
>> actually hike the entire Trail he has no business saying he "thru  
>> hiked" (or in the parlance of the newspaper's spelling "through"  
>> hiked).   But that's the criteria I place on myself, too.
>> If you want to carry your cell phone -- CARRY THE CELL PHONE.  If  
>> someone says anything, you can tell them "Auntie Coosa said I could,  
>> take it up with her."   How's that?
>> Do not be deterred.  I personally believe that anyone carrying more  
>> than 30 pounds (including food and water) for 5 to 7 days of hiking  
>> the AT (not in winter), is carrying too much.  I've gotten mine to  
>> nearly 25 and am working on reducing that.
>> Hike YOUR Hike, don't hike mine, Hike GREG's Hike!
>> And take a LOT of what is posted here with a grain of salt.   
>> Especially when there's a lot of emotional response.
>> I carry a cell phone.  It's off, it's in a waterproof pouch, and I  
>> have used it only to check up on my kids and let them know where I  
>> was.  First Rule of Grandparenting:  Stay In Touch.  Now THAT is a  
>> RULE which EVERYONE can follow.  You might add: First Rule of  
>> Husbanding:  Stay in Touch.  Especially if your wife is not a  
>> backpacker.  Or IS and can't hike with you.
>> HYOH -- carry the cell phone if you want to.
>> Coosa Carol Donaldson
>> carol1944@brmemc.net
>> http://auntiecoosa.blogspot.com
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