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

On Apr 19, 2005, at 3:47 PM, Bob C wrote:

> "...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.
Except, of course, that I am not able to do that.  10 years ago I 
could.  Today I can't.  In some ways I wish I was still able to drop 
off the face of the Earth for weeks or months at a time.  Talk about a 
liberating feeling!  But with my life and my circumstances as they are 
now, it's just not possile.  Hurray for you (seriously) if you can, I 
wish I could too.  That said, the cell phone goes along with me.

Cell phones can be packed and used on the trail with minimal impact to 
everyone else if they are properly used and managed.  In all 
likelihood, with 2000+ miles of trail and 14 states you won't run into 
me or my phone.  And if you do run into me it is doubtful you'll even 
know I have a phone with me.

The phone is coming along for the journey.  There are two sides to this 
argument and both have valid points.  It's just one thing we're not 
going to see eye-to-eye on.

And as for the pervious argument about the snow/ice storm and me 
needing to be rescued due to my lack of planning, substitute something 
else you *can't* plan for, like a compound fracture of your lower leg 
or both legs, or a double concussion, or anything else that might 
require expeditious medical treatment.