[Cdt-l] Cell Phone/GPS Question

Patrick Beggan meta474 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 22 12:27:40 CST 2008

I have not thru-hiked, I can only speak for a couple hundred mile  
stretch in Colorado (Grand Lake to Berthoud Pass) but I got great  
service with my iPhone, and often. Almost any time I was above the  
treeline, actually, and often at the crest of hills or mountains still  
below the treeline. Even though there aren't that many cities near the  
trail -- Must just be some kind of radio reflection from the  
mountains, or that there was so little to interfere once you were  
above the treeline.

On Feb 22, 2008, at 10:22 AM, shane wohlken wrote:

> Here is a question for all you CDT veterans, how
> easy is it to pull a cell phone signal on the
> trail?  Is it worth the weight to carry a phone?
> Also, are there carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Moble,
> etc.) that have better coverage than others?
> Suggestions for a specific phone?
> Also, any thoughts on the advantages carrying a
> GPS unit?  Again, would it be worth the weight,
> or would a good map and compass be enough to fit
> the bill?
> Thanks,
> Shane "The Gimp"
> PCT '05, AT '07, CDT '09
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