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

"...I can't simply vanish for weeks 
at at time."

Except, of course that is what everyone with a sense of adventure did for most of human experience, as did all long distance hikers, thru hikers, and thru hiker wanna bes until about 10 years ago.

As a wise poster has pointed out:

".... cell phones are an effective inroad by civilization into a place 
deliberately designed to keep civilization out. If you think your experience of the 
Appalachian Trail doesn't change when you carry a cell phone you're wrong. 

? ? ? ? ? "...The worst effect cell phones have on the AT is the unconscious 
acceptability of civilizing the Trail. Ordering pizzas, calling shuttles, calling 
home, eventually these wear down the Trail's image as a wild place. It's 
civilizing a place that was formed to filter out civilization. 

? ? ? ? "Phones have always been available in towns. To say you need a cell 
phone to hike is false. People have been hiking and contacting family members 
for years...." ?

? ? ? ? Weary