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Old 07-09-2012, 08:36 AM   #1
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Question Cell phone service

This will be our first time hiking in high peaks area. (and old forge/blue mtn for 2 days) Is there generally cell phone service on the trail in those areas. (specifically Verizon) Don't worry, I'm asking for safety reasons, in case of emergency, not because I want to talk on the phone.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:32 AM   #2
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There's a tower on Blue Mtn, but reception is pretty spotty in that area unless you can see the top of the mountain.

In Old Forge there's a tower on McCauley and pretty good service within a few miles of town.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:03 AM   #3
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On the summits of the peaks, you can generally get pretty good cell service. Anywhere else in the backcountry, and I wouldn't count on it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:16 PM   #4
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The new cell tower on Columbian Rd. in Cranberry Lake, will have the AT&T equipment installed and operational in 6-8 weeks, as reported by e-mail from the CL Boat Club.
The tower is a Franken Pine .
It will be interesting to see how large, or small, an area it will service .

They actually did a very good design with the Franken Pine, while it is taller than the surrounding trees, you would be hard pressed to tell if you didn't know where it was or were looking for it.

Hopefully this will help the residents, and the local emergency response ppl also.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:15 PM   #5
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The tower is a Franken Pine .

Would that be Pinus Francenae?
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:21 PM   #6
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This will be our first time hiking in high peaks area. (and old forge/blue mtn for 2 days) Is there generally cell phone service on the trail in those areas. (specifically Verizon) Don't worry, I'm asking for safety reasons, in case of emergency, not because I want to talk on the phone.
Relying on your cell phone as a safety factor is exactly what would worry others here. As you apparently know, service can be completely unreliable to non existent. They can be dropped/broken/lost & have the batteries go dead (your batteries will go dead substantially faster when there is no service and the phone is constantly searching for a signal).

I won't go into the whole diatribe about what you should be relying on but you can find a fairly good description here. http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9198.html

Don't mean to be patronizing, some people just think of them as a 3rd or fourth order redundancy but all too many think the phone is all they need and wind up needing SAR or worse.

Good luck, enjoy your trip.
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:54 PM   #7
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Good luck, enjoy your trip.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #8
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Guess the cell phone died or failed.. haven't heard from the OP since last July..
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Would that be Pinus Francenae?
LOL Russ, I googles Pinus Francenae and found the unexpected...
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LOL Russ, I googles Pinus Francenae and found the unexpected...
yeah. google changes the search to something quite different.
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It could be worse. While Frankenpine is out of place most anywhere, and in the outskirts of NYC in an area where there aren't even any pines it's laughable, imagine these in the Adirodacks

I quite fancy the palms
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Lol, Day late & a dollar short again.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:13 PM   #13
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We did have service

Hi, I'm the op. We did have service on most day hikes last year, which were not too remote. Since it was our first trip, I was just curious about what to expect.
We also had service most Of the hike to phantom ranch in the grand canyon. It was bizarre when my nephew cancelled his drum lesson about mile from the bottom. It was a spontaneous trip to phantom ranch (they had a last minute cancellation) and he forgot he had the lesson.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:57 PM   #14
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Glad Cranberry is putting in a tower, the one at Sevey Corners is a joke
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Old 04-09-2013, 04:27 PM   #15
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One of my favorite things about camping on the islands in the Narrows of Lake George is that there is no cell service at all. More often than not you can't even get a text through in under a day. Course, I'm a little biased on this as I'm self employed and people seam to feel there is no limit to when they can call.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:05 PM   #16
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The lack of cell phone service is one of the things that draws me to the backcountry.

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Old 04-10-2013, 10:57 PM   #17
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These posts are weird to me.. All of them! No service is my norm. Never never will I have need for a smartphone nor a need to figure out what an app is.

We had crank phones till 1985.
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I agree, that is why I love Moose River and West Canada Lakes, no service at all.
When I hiked some of the High Peaks area I ran into people on some trials and summits just chatting away on their phones very loud. I could sometimes hear them talking 15 minutes before I saw them.
The only voices I want to hear in the woods are the ones in my head
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I agree, that is why I love Moose River and West Canada Lakes, no service at all.
When I hiked some of the High Peaks area I ran into people on some trials and summits just chatting away on their phones very loud. I could sometimes hear them talking 15 minutes before I saw them.
The only voices I want to hear in the woods are the ones in my head
If you know where to stand there is good cell service at Cedar Lakes- 3 or 4 bars. Move 20 feet in any direction and it's gone completely. Pretty sure the location has been posted on these forums before.
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