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RE: [AT-L] Re: [AT-L] Electronics on the AT

Not only do I carry my cell phone, but when I'm out on the trail alone, or
away from my two kids, I'll call them for ten minutes after I have set up
camp. It is also great for those emergencies, when you run across a
distressed hiker, who needs immediate attention. It is about one more pound
to carry, but it IS worth it. So sue me.

>From: 	David P. Dusenbury[SMTP:dp@interpath.com]
>Sent: 	Sunday, September 01, 1996 3:43 PM
>To: 	Ed LaVine
>Subject: 	[AT-L] Re: [AT-L] Electronics on the AT
>Dan Bruce wrote:
>> Hi, folks
>> I'm new to the list, so this subject may have been discussed ad i
>Welcome to the list, Wingfoot!
>> Some hikers were highly offended at the mere presence of such devices
>> (laptops, cellular phones, beepers, etc.) and wished them banned from 
>> woods. Others were enthralled by the new possibilities that they offer.
>> Most were somewhere in between.
>I strongly believe in "hike your own hike".  As long as these devices do 
>not interfere with _my_ Trail experience, they are OK.  Kinda like the 
>old adage:  "The right to swing your fist ends where the other guy's nose 
>begins."  The rule in our Scout troop when camping and travelling is that 
>video games, walkman radios, etc are allowed, as long as they are not 
>seen or heard.  
>A little bit of common sense should be used by back-country electronics 
>users.  I have a pager and HH cell phone that I use in my business, and 
>would not think of hiking with either.  A lot of the problems stem from 
>outright rudeness.  When in a restaurant or other public place and have 
>to use my phone, I always excuse myself, and go to the lobby or outside. 
> The same should apply to back-country use.  No one should be offended by 
>"your hike" if you are discrete (and non-obtrusive) in your use of such