Wifi in Provincial Parks

So I got a message the other day from a writer at cbc.ca.  She asked if she could interview me about camping and technology.  Sure I thought.  No biggy.  Our conversation was casual and friendly and I didn’t think much about it again.  Well, a friend just tweeted me a link to the article.  It did indeed capture my personal feelings about using wifi in the park…I wouldn’t.  I’m an old-fashioned camper and I’d rather just enjoy being alone with my family while I’m out there. Of course I was being asked whether I would take advantage of that technology myself, not whether I thought  it should be disallowed…

Well who knew that so many people would get worked up about something like this!  The comments went on and on.  Why is it that folks that comment on articles are always so angry?  I guess it’s because they must feel super strongly one way or the other, or they wouldn’t bother adding their two cents.  I can’t think of many things that I feel THAT strongly about, certainly not where strangers should be using their phones and laptops… Anyway, comments seemed to be split  pretty evenly for and against.  For the record, I am neither for NOR against. And although I would personally not partake of the internet out there,  I can appreciate a lot of the comments that were in the “for access” camp.  Here are some of the things I said (quite possibly not word for word) that didn’t end up in the article…

I backcountry camp and rarely run into other people.  If they were accessing the internet, it wouldn’t affect me at all.  To each his own.

I think getting into the park and having to do a little bit of work, is better than not getting into the park at all.  It’s a shame that some people aren’t able to fully get away and experience it work-free, but I can understand that is the reality for some.

I will be getting a Spot (personal tracker satellite gps messenger) next year for our three-week trip so that I can contact emergency services if something goes awry.  Satellite phones are prohibitively expensive, so if the Spot technology wasn’t available, I’d definitely want to be able to use my phone if I had to.  Wifi would be helpful in that instance.

I guess what I’m saying is, wifi is fine with me, I just wouldn’t choose to use it myself.  And for those that say just use self-control… anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I have no self-control.  I can’t just eat one chip, I have to eat the whole bag.  I can’t add just one picture to Facebook, I’d be on my iPhone all day long!  So if wifi hits my favourite park in the future, I’ll be leaving my phone at home.  I don’t care if you do or not.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Well said!!!

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  2. Just like anything else, I don’t see WiFi as the problem so much as what people do with it while camping. I’ve been arguing the point for a while, and you’ve inspired me to finally post on this issue as well: http://goo.gl/mtl35 (Unlike the CBC, I made sure to mention your blog)

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  3. Pick a topic Jen, any topic …

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