Cell Phones in the Wilderness: Good, Bad or Indifferent?

“Again and again I see in tips about hiking in the wilderness the advice to take along a cell phone. The tipster usually provides safety reasons for the advice. The reasoning goes something like this: If you get in trouble, all you have to do is dial a number and help will be on the way.

Cell Tower View
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Here are some cogent arguments against packing along your smartphone.

Argument #1: It is unlikely that you will find a reliable signal any distance beyond the trail head. So, the weight of the cell phone is basically useless weight.”

Read more about cell phones in the wilderness.

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