Magazine article Newsweek

Cell Phones: A Call from the Wild

Magazine article Newsweek

Cell Phones: A Call from the Wild

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High atop the grand Teton Mountains, the climbers were caught in a vicious hailstorm. Terrified and desperate, they did what any self-respecting backpackers of the '90s do -- whip out the cell phone and yelp for help. Rescuers found a group of tenderfoots astonishingly unprepared, clad in shorts and T shirts, without extra supplies. Ranger Tom Kimbrough asked them to explain. "I looked at a big pile of gear and I looked at the phone," a climber said. "And the phone was a helluva lot lighter."

So much for survival of the fittest. In an age of cordless communications, the help-on-demand syndrome may be leading to a dangerous mind shift in the wilderness. And the lore of the foolish cellphone caller is growing among the ranks of search-and-rescue squads. In New Hampshire, a group of hikers pleaded for flashlights because they had only brought along one battery-powered device -- the phone. …

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