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Electronics on the Trail

I guess I don't mind phones on the AT. A fellow hiking with my group in the 
Smokies this past winter had one. Since we were hiking in sub zero weather, 
he took it along in case we had an emergency. He used it once to call his 
wife and let her know we were okay. 

Now, of course if everyone had a phone, and they were always ringing and 
people were always talking on them, I guess I would be bothered, since 
that's why I hit the woods, to get away from that type of stuff. As long as 
people are considerate, I have no problem. Same thing with GPS. If someone 
wants to bring one, more power to them, although I don't know why someone 
would want one on the AT. And computers... if they want to lug them, 
wonderful. I wouldn't, but that's my hike. 

Like someone else said here on the list, technology is everywhere in all of 
our equipment. No escaping it, unless you go into the woods in a survivalist 
mode and I don't think that would be much fun, at least for me. Euell 
Gibbons died young!

Peter H. Fornof