Technology Leads More Park Visitors Into Trouble

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/science/earth/22parks.html?_r=2

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..."“Because of having that electronic device, people have an expectation that they can do something stupid and be rescued,” said Jackie Skaggs, spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. “Every once in a while we get a call from someone who has gone to the top of a peak, the weather has turned and they are confused about how to get down and they want someone to personally escort them,” Ms. Skaggs said. “The answer is that you are up there for the night.” ...

..."One of the most frustrating new technologies for the parks to deal with, rangers say, are the personal satellite messaging devices that can send out an emergency signal but are not capable of two-way communication. (Globalstar Inc., the manufacturer of SPOT brand devices, says new models allow owners to send a message with the help request.)" ...

..."But without two-way communication, the rangers cannot evaluate the seriousness of the call, so they respond as if it were an emergency." ...
 
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