Wow.Gosh, I hate cellphones! Why can't people leave those freaking hideous cellphones at home when they go for a simple walk in the woods. I do not have a freaking cellphone and I will NOT NOT NOT get one! Think in March after I leave work, this spring go back into those mountain and desert wilds, live and enjoy life, and very possibly disappear for this modern society has become soooo much like a gigantic insane asylum in my opinion. How much do I hate to see this intrusion into any wild area. Again can't people go without and live life in how people in the past lived when there were no computers or cellphones around at all!
Just my opinion. Wishing Everyone the Bestl
I don't mind cell phones in the backcountry. It's very reassuring to be able to check the weather if it looks like something bad's coming in. I don't have a smartphone, but I have called friends for weather updates or other info when there was service. I personally think it's all how you use a phone and how addicted you are to it. Cellphones are a nice safety factor, but you need a backup plan. Ditto for route finding. But it really can be fun to connect with others when way out in your tent in the middle of nowhere, especially if you're feeling depressed, scared, or just rootless. Since I always camp solo, I have used my old flip phone to call a friend once in awhile when I think I hear alligators in the bushes (IOW to abate irrational fears, since I never actually camp where there are alligators).
The only thing I object to is cluttering up the landscape with the towers. I'd rather not have cellphones than have the towers. And those who are addicted to them are really missing out on true solitude.
My brother drowned his in his beer (intentionally) in a bar somewhere in Wyoming. I know, cause I was on the other end of the call.Good read, thanks @scatman
I am so disgusted with cell phones in the back country that I drowned mine in Pebble Creek in 2019. OK, I did not do that intentionally, I tripped over a rock in the pool at the lower of the 2 middle crossings and ended up drowning it. Pretty expensive foul-up. Oops!
Luckily we do have the option of leaving our phones behind (or off) to quiet our own experience.
While not advocating criminal behavior, I can only imagine the expense of repairing a cell tower that has been hit with several rounds of high-powered ammo.
I do like my In-Reach so hopefully nobody starts shooting satellites down.
I once dropped my phone at the Citadel. I watched it happily bounce down the cliff face. I was mad for a second then recovered my sanity.My brother drowned his in his beer (intentionally) in a bar somewhere in Wyoming. I know, cause I was on the other end of the call.
So, where does one acquire such ammo? (Asking for a friend.)