[pct-l] Online journalling questions

Halfmile halfmile at pctmap.net
Thu Apr 2 17:34:03 CDT 2009

I recently switched to an iPhone, but used a Blackberry for several
years and I think the Blackberry is excellent for journaling.

I have compiled cell phone reports that you can see here:
These will give you a pretty good idea of where you can expect cell
phone coverage on the PCT. Feel free to send me updated cell phone
information as you hike.

It is possible to upload photos taken with a digital camera using a
Blackberry if you have a microSD to SD card adapter (assuming your
camera uses SD memory cards).
1) Insert the microSD card into the adapter and place that in your
camera, then take your picture.
2) Remove the microSD card and insert it in the Blackberry.
3) Attach the picture to an email.

This works on a Blackberry 8800 anyway. Not all that convenient since
you have to take the back off the phone and mess with the tiny memory
card, but it will work. Also you may want to adjust your camera
settings to increase the compression of your photos so they will
transmit faster.


On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM, Tamsin McMahon <tamsinrm at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I've been given the opportunity to blog about my thru-hike for a newspaper here in Canada. We're trying to decide how often I'll be able to update the blog from the trail.
> I'm getting set up with an AT&T data plan and planning to use a Blackberry (Curve 8310). It seems that AT&T gets the best service from the trail.
> I'm a bit of a luddite. I got my first cellphone about a year ago. I
> I had a few questions for those who kept an online trail journal. I don't want to give this newspaper unrealistic expectations about how often I can provide updates. I know I definitely can't do it every day, but maybe a few times a week?
> Here are my questions for those who can help:
> *How often were you able to update your journal from the trail or from towns? (not including updates that were written on paper and mailed to someone to transcribe.)
> *What was the longest period you went between journal posts?
> *What might be the longest period I would encounter with no cellphone signal, nor access to the Internet? (in towns, etc.)  (I have seen the cellphone signal reports)
> * Were you able to upload photos to your journals from the trail and if so, how could you do this? (I am bringing a digital camera.)
> *Can someone point me to a journal that has photos taken by a smartphone or Blackberry?
> Cheers,
> Tamsin
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