On Cellphone and Batteries
- The news coming today out of the Santa Ana National Forest
of two hikers lost for days (one as of this writing still lost) though trying to call for help with a cell phone, reflects the tenuous utility of phones in the wilderness. If there's no signal the phone itself is useless. If the phone is on but not in a signal area, it'll drain its battery quickly in trying to amplify a non-existent signal. Yes, with care and detailed preparation the technology can be made useful - some of the time, but it's adapting an urban tool to a mountain environment, pardon the pun an uphill battle.