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Post by Guests » Mon Apr 16, 2007 1:48 pm

I'm doing a thru-hike in August on the John Muir Trail. I was curious what to use to email journal entries home (ie. PalmPilot, Blackberry, etc.) What is the cost for monthly service and how reliable is it? Can I get service in the high Sierra of California? Any thoughts are welcome... Ray

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Post by Stagefright » Wed May 09, 2007 12:55 am

I'd say you have two issues... 1. Coverage - which I think will be sporadic and not reliable 2. Battery Life - which is probably you main problem Even if you were able to get coverage occassionally during the hike, you will have very few opportunities along the JMT to recharge the device (since most are not AA, AAA battery powered - unless you have an ancient Palm device). I suppose you can always enter the data electronically and have it when you finish but that doesn't do much to keep a journal updated on a daily basis (via the web). If it were me, I'd stick to paper and pen and mail the entries to someone at home that can post them on a website for you (like www.trailjournals.com). If it were a longer hike (like the AT, PCT, CDT) I might rethink this strategy but the miles on the JMT will go by quickly.

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Post by Tree Top Flyer » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:33 pm

Off original topic, Just FYI:

Interesting article of JMT "Ultralight Style" in Dec 07 issue of Backpacker Magazine.
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