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Old 09-20-2020, 10:48 AM   #1
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Cranberry Lake 50

Does anyone know if there is any cell service on the Cranberry Lake 50? AT&T? I plan on hiking it this coming week. Not sure exactly how long it will take me and I'd like to be able to give someone an ETA if possible.
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Old 09-20-2020, 04:55 PM   #2
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They have a very active and informative facebook group for the CL 50. They would know.
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Old 09-20-2020, 09:32 PM   #3
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I don't know about specific locations near Cranberry Lake, but in general cell service in the Adirondacks is terrible, a travesty; don't plan on it. Find another way to communicate.
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Old 09-21-2020, 07:44 AM   #4
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In general ATT is worse than Verizon in the ADKs. There are towns which were ATT only and now added Verizon, but not the other way.
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Old 09-21-2020, 09:20 AM   #5
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The only travesty is people who have lost the ability to properly plan a trip and travel in the wilderness without outside electronic aid. I wonder how everyone survived and did this before the age of cell service?
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Old 09-21-2020, 11:03 AM   #6
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The only travesty is people who have lost the ability to properly plan a trip and travel in the wilderness without outside electronic aid. I wonder how everyone survived and did this before the age of cell service?
They can relearn those lost skills on the CL50.
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Old 09-29-2020, 08:18 PM   #7
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The only travesty is people who have lost the ability to properly plan a trip and travel in the wilderness without outside electronic aid. I wonder how everyone survived and did this before the age of cell service?
Great post, especially the last sentence.
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Old 09-29-2020, 09:46 PM   #8
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I generally agree with the theme of the last few posts, however every situation is different: I hesitate to travel for too long out of cell range these days with 93 and 94 year old parents.
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Old 09-30-2020, 07:30 AM   #9
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I generally agree with the theme of the last few posts, however every situation is different: I hesitate to travel for too long out of cell range these days with 93 and 94 year old parents.
Exactly right , and there could be a thousand other similar reasons like your example. The question was simple enough , no need to lecture , via electronic device , lol .
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Old 09-30-2020, 10:24 AM   #10
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I also agree with rdl, there is a place for cell phones out there. For myself and my circle of Mountain friends, we are all old and have various medical issues. Both with us and our families back home. The phone stays off until needed, if ever. I personally like to “check in” with my wife on a daily basis when the service is available. What did I / we do before the stampede of all these electronic devices. We used map and compass, stayed healthy & fit, prepared for the worst, didn’t go off plan, and yea, hoped for the best. We all still retain these skills and common sense. I personally believe the cell phone and GPS is a great tool to have in the back country.
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Old 09-30-2020, 10:51 AM   #11
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Yes, we appreciate it as a tool. I was very surprised when conversing with a 46'r (so way more experienced than myself) who used cell extensively outside of hiking but did not understand that the GPS function on your phone will work without cell connectivity. So sure, cell coverage may be spotty but that is linked to towers. GPS is linked to, well, satellites.

Other handy tidbit is my cell sleeps with me. Not because I'm concerned about missing a text from Bill Gates, but rather the cold will sap the battery.
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We used map and compass, stayed healthy & fit, prepared for the worst, didn’t go off plan, and yea, hoped for the best. We all still retain these skills and common sense. I personally believe the cell phone and GPS is a great tool to have in the back country.
Tools, yes, but not necessities except in extremely rare cases or during events requiring such tools (think SAR or surveying). And certainly not a travesty if not available 100%.
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Old 09-30-2020, 11:32 AM   #13
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Well Thanks Tenderfoot! Learning these devices is a huge learning curve for me, Ha! I had no clue that the GPS function on our cell phones would work without cell connectivity. It’s true you do learn something new every day and now I can pass this on to my “old” friends.
Thanks for the info!!!
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Although the GPS function works with no cellular connections, the map may not. Be sure you have the map downloaded onto your phone while you still have a cellular connection. Apps designed for driving especially are poor on this matter.
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Old 09-30-2020, 02:46 PM   #15
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Right - pre-downloaded detailed maps help. We use GAIA GPS.

I have used it with no downloaded maps and it impressed me even with the little info it had. Dark winter night looking for lean-to near Grizzle Ocean. It had the pond but not the lean-to or trails. Worked great combined with paper map.
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I used Gaia with predownloaded maps for a 100 mile, 2 week trip to the Wind River Range about 75% off trail. Turned off cellular service, powered the phone up every hour or so to verify our location, had a second battery as backup and it worked great. Had maps and compass as backup but never needed to refer to them. Even had enough battery to play some music at night to cover tentmates snoring.

Electronic devices are just another tool available. I don't expect I'll ever use my Garmin GPS again.
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Old 09-30-2020, 07:27 PM   #17
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You will get very little service on the CL50, even less with ATT. Basically if you can't see the main part of the lake you won't have service. If you are on the shoreline, in the Hamlet of Cranberry Lake or on top of Cat Mt. you can get service.
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