Tech in the outdoors can be a touchy subject; Tech Tracy might love the ability to both stay connected and augment her experience with GPS maps and real-time Internet access, but Luddite Larry thinks camping is for getting as dirty and far away from modern humanity as possible.
Their battleground state just became Idaho: The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation just announced that they plan to make wifi available in four state parks — Bruneau Dunes, Harriman, Henrys Lake, and Ponderosa.
"Service within Bruneau Dunes State Park is well received and already widely used," said Jennifer Wernex, communication manager at Idaho state parks. "Those that we've asked appreciate the ability to connect from the comfort of their campsite and stay in touch with friends and family while traveling." Idaho Parks and Recreation conducted a survey on how campers felt about WiFi at state parks and 64 percent of 211 respondents favored having the service.
Most of the campers polled wanted the service so they could check back in with society, but the potential to augment the outdoors experience shouldn't be discounted. After all, with access to free wifi in the wilderness, you'll be able to upload that sick video of your buddy wiping out before he can even think to say "don't put it on the Internet."
To learn how you can maximize technology in the outdoors, check out BACKPACKER's iHike Guide.
— Ted Alvarez