[Cdt-l] On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM, Jonathan Ley <jonathan at phlumf.com> wrote: I think you have to set guidelines with your family/friends before you leave to address just these instances. I would think that unless you active the "help button", or didn't
josie1066 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 17:59:38 CDT 2011
It's funny you should bring up Jim Bridger-- I recently read his biography
and I'm willing to bet that he would have been pleased to use a few
tools/goods that might have made his life a bit easier-- it was a brutal
time and wild country but he was clever enough to live a good long life. He
didn't have much, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't have used it if were
available to him! Just a thought.
I think you have to set guidelines with your family/friends before you
leave to address just these instances. I would think that unless you
active the "help button", or didn't check in for many days past your due
date, they would just understand you're OK.
I suppose everyone is in a different situation... if you have a medical
issue that raises your risk level, or are a bit older... perhaps
something like a SPOT would be a reasonable trade-off... Yes, not quite
the same as being fully immersed in Wilderness, but better than the
alternatives. Everyone's limits of technological intervention are
different. I mean, silicon-impregnated nylon is pretty un-natural... And
when you think about what it takes to refine just a few ounces of camp
fuel, it's a bit boggling. I know these are a bit different than having
an immediate tether via satellite to the outside world, but to someone
like Jim Bridger, they'd probably seem like a lot of unnecessary fluff.
So, I guess we all have to just make our own bargains & hike our own
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