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    KnightErrant, you're pretty perceptive, and I...

    KnightErrant, you're pretty perceptive, and I like your style. I will admit I probably worded my original post such that it implied there definitively IS too much technology on the trail. ("Too...
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    Where did you read that I said a person with a...

    Where did you read that I said a person with a phone might have a "problem" or might be exhibiting "rudeness"? Once again...please re-read my original post. This demonization tactic is fairly...
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    Uh...yes. And your point? Fiction can often...

    Uh...yes. And your point? Fiction can often highlight truths much better than nonfiction can.
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    Even my wife becomes very defensive when I tell...

    Even my wife becomes very defensive when I tell her she shouldn't be spending so much time on F-Book. I can understand how certain hikers are sensitive to implications that they may be overdoing the...
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    Ha! I get your point gmb, but I think she was...

    Ha! I get your point gmb, but I think she was just being half-serious. Actually, I think I responded with "No, you won't kill me, will you?"
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    OK, I'll respond. I don't agree with most of...

    OK, I'll respond. I don't agree with most of what you say.

    Enjoy your mountain climb.
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    I'll buy this, Traveler. The "too much...

    I'll buy this, Traveler. The "too much technology" heading is subjective. One hiker might think an analog camera is too much technology. Another might draw the line at (God help us) personal...
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    I agree, another great NYT article. The author...

    I agree, another great NYT article. The author conveys the exhilaration of hitching as well as the dangers.

    Last September I got some interesting rides hitching from Yosemite to Reno, Nevada; an...
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    Iím pleasantly surprised at all the feedback for...

    Iím pleasantly surprised at all the feedback for this forum topic. Just like politics and religion,people have passionate feelings (including me). Someone suggested taking a poll. That might be a...
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    Do you have to remove your camera from your...

    Do you have to remove your camera from your pocket? Do you have to twist it? Do you have to turn it on? Touch the screen? Check the result? Repeat above? You may be capturing the artifact, but...
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    I completely agree about reducing electronics...

    I completely agree about reducing electronics both on and offtrail, and the insidiousness of TV. I grew up with the TV being practically a babysitter for me, and I regret so much time glued to that...
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    Me too, Stephan. Keep it for emergency, but...

    Me too, Stephan. Keep it for emergency, but leave it off most of the time.
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    [QUOTE=Uriah;2243070]...I'm not sure if seeking...

    [QUOTE=Uriah;2243070]...I'm not sure if seeking solitude or time with nature is of much importance to others. Many claim that it is, but they seem more excited to proclaim that they "did" the AT...
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    Puddlefish, I think it's great that you're able...

    Puddlefish, I think it's great that you're able to enjoy raptors, turtles, and bunnies while listening to "lovely music" and taking many photos. Do you think maybe your experience would be even more...
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    Hi Puddlefish. (I think the "authoritarian"...

    Hi Puddlefish. (I think the "authoritarian" thing can work both ways, though, don't you?)

    Regarding "hatchets" and "fir branches," please re-read my original post. I say that some manmade items...
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    Hey, thanks for the acronym/initialism heads up!...

    Hey, thanks for the acronym/initialism heads up! (I'm a writer but never knew that before.)

    Right, I'm well-familiar with the HYOH clichť. It's often used as a defensive measure. But I'm not...
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    Hi CalebJ. I'm not denying it's "their choice to...

    Hi CalebJ. I'm not denying it's "their choice to make." Just trying to see how many people agree with me about too much technology.
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    Thanks for responding, but I'm more curious how...

    Thanks for responding, but I'm more curious how many people agree with me (see my comment). Also, your use of the word "convenience" leads back to my question "Are we over-conveniencing..."
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    Too Much Technology on the Trail?

    This topic has probably been raised before on this Forum. Nonetheless, I think itís good to continue the discussion. People love gadgets, especially men. Iím probably in the minority, but I feel...
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    I'm not a thru hiker, but a section hiker. My...

    I'm not a thru hiker, but a section hiker. My longest hike at one stretch was 90 miles. I don't have much to add to this topic that Dogwood and others have already offered, except: being isolated...
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    Thanks elray and PP (and anyone else). Glad you...

    Thanks elray and PP (and anyone else). Glad you enjoyed ED.

    Kip thanks you, too. :)
  22. He's a real likeable guy. Smiles and laughs a...

    He's a real likeable guy. Smiles and laughs a lot. I'd like to see him reach a stage where he does less videotaping and more quiet observing of that beautiful country.

    My shuttle driver in...
  23. Hear, hear! (The bastards don't always win.)

    Hear, hear! (The bastards don't always win.)
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    I use a paper topo map (Jonathan Ley) with paper...

    I use a paper topo map (Jonathan Ley) with paper guidebook (Jim Wolf), along with compass. I only print the paper pages that I need. I have an old-fashioned cell that I keep turned off, and only...
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    By the way, I have a couple extra "early edition"...

    By the way, I have a couple extra "early edition" copies in my house (they have a few minor errors). I'll be happy to mail them out, free of charge, in exchange for an Amazon comment (those things...
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