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[at-l] Cell Phones, yet again - the 'rules'
Well most cases yea I don't need a cell phone but if my sugar drooped
sever enough I can be laying in tent for days and have no one notice
yea on the at that is unlikely btu I hike other areas to and it is
possible. Were If I do has i have set up when I am on a hike have some
one check in with me on my sat phone every morning. and have a schedule
of people who care t do it. Then say one day they call me I don't answer
they try through out the morning and I don't answer they know I am in
trouble. they all the person that called the day before and say hey wee
was he I cant reach him then hey know were I was were I was gonna camp
and can send a crew in. yea it is unlikely but it can happen unlike most
diabetics that has a little pancreatic function left I have none becuse
I no longer have pancreas in my body they took it out . So it is easier
for me to shoot way high or way low
Jim Bullard wrote:
> At 05:15 PM 4/19/2005 -0400, Bob C wrote:
>> >"...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."
>> Yeah, Greg, You are right. Cell phones help eliminate that sense of
>> risk, that sense of challenge, that sense of wildness, of being on
>> your own, of being responsible for dealing with whatever happens.
>> And though many have long since lost the ability to understand, your
>> cell phone -- and the knowledge that the things exist, hidden in most
>> packs, these days -- does the same to all other thinking, wildness
>> seeking folks on the trail.
> Greg, I don't know what your concerns are. If it is that something
> terrible is going to happen to you on the trail you should read some
> accounts of thru-hikes. The number of really bad things that happen is
> very small and if it isn't "really bad" a cell phone won't help you.
> You are expected to get yourself (though you might get help from
> fellow hikers) out of any minor or even moderate situations you get
> into. Rescue teams don't like being called to help unless it is really
> necessary. Many are volunteers and you are asking them to drop their
> lives and priorities for you. If you are holed up in a shelter by a
> snow storm, melt some snow for water, eat whatever you have and stay
> in your sleeping bag until the weather breaks and you can hike out. As
> for things you can't plan for... if you've been reading previous
> comments you should have noted that you can't plan on the phone working.
> If the concern is maintaining contact for the benefit of significant
> others who will be worried if you don't carry a cell phone, tell them
> to read a few thru-hike journals to assure themselves that hikers look
> after one another (though you might not believe it from recent AT-L
> discussions) and, if still necessary, carry it in the bottom of the
> pack for the first 100 miles or so. Once they see you are okay, they
> won't be so concerned.
> In the end, despite the objections of a few here, cell phones are not
> instruments of some anti-wilderness devil. They are just another tool
> for communicating albeit a faster and more technological one than the
> pen/paper/post office method. I wonder if my pencil scratching on
> paper in the otherwise silent night will disturb anyone? Also I prefer
> mechanical pencils. The ones that make a clicking noise when you
> advance the lead.
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