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Electronics on the AT

Jason Slibeck wrote:
> Suggested Backwoods Electron-ettiquette:
> Treat the AT as you would any other respectful public place.  If your
> telephone or radio can be heard by others, turn it down or off.
> If you expect to be paged, wear your pager to vibrate rather than beep. If
> your LCD laptop screen is keeping others awake and attracting bugs, go
> someplace solitary.  Simply, show respect and others will reciprocate.
> Advances in electronic devices should be welcomed, or at least tolerated.
> Technological advances have led to accurate maps using satellite photos,
> backpacking stoves that keep people from burning down the forests,
> synthetic sleeping bags that stay warm even when damp, lightweight tents,
> composting toilets, and all kinds of blister remedies (See last week's
> topics for more details...).  Somebody's life could be saved by a GPS
> navigator or a cellular phone.
> People love to read and write trail journals.  Few would object to still
> photos, and they signifigantly enhance a presentation to persuade others
> of the value of backcountry protection.  Video can be even more
> compelling.  If someone wants to lug a camera for 2K+ miles, God bless and
> good luck.  When recording the trail experience, the creativity of the
> hiker determines the massage whether the medium is paper and pencil, lens
> and shutter, or laser and magnetic tape.

I agree with all of this, but still, I'm against it.