[Cdt-l] Wifi only device on trail?

R Smith ronyon at comcast.net
Sat Aug 25 22:34:00 CDT 2012

I've been using an iTouch this summer on the trail and love it.  Most motels
now have wifi, and if yours doesn't you can always sidle up next to one that
does to connect. Besides email and documents, I keep all of my books on my
iTouch using a Kindle app., and even watch movies (which I download
beforehand) in my tent if I have enough battery. I will be in the Winds this
week and will try out a USB battery I just bought to get me between towns.
As far as writing journals, it would be tough on any device that small
unless you want to take along a keyboard, which actually isn't that heavy.




From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of David Thibault
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2012 4:29 PM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: [Cdt-l] Wifi only device on trail?


I still haven't decided how I am going to update my journal on the trail.  

The idea of carrying a cell phone just doesn't appeal to me - because I
don't want to be always connected and I also don't want to pay for a phone


I used a peek email only device on the PCT and that worked fine, but alas
they have gone under.  Anyway I was thinking about looking into a wifi only
device like a nexus or surface tablet but before I spend a lot of time
looking these over I was wondering if a wifi only device would ever be able
to connect up to anything in the small towns along the way on the CDT.  


I'm not really looking for something that I can connect daily,  just
something I could write my journal and send out an email to my journal about
once a week.  

So my question is:  would a wifi only device work on the CDT or would I only
get service so infrequently that it would be mostly dead weight?


My other alternative is to hand write my journal entries and mail them to
someone who will then type them into a computer for me. 

Not a great alternative as by the end of the day my terrible handwriting can
actually get worse than its usual low standard.



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