Cellphone tower will scar BWCA

  • Article by: STEPHEN WILBERS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 19, 2012 - 8:21 PM

Phone tower ruling undermines and undervalues true wilderness experience.

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stonemonkJun. 19, 12 8:47 PM

Worse than the aesthetics of a blinking tower (you can see blinking airplane lights gliding overhead on any given evening in the BWCAW) is the fact that now my paddling partner can post to his Facebook page and call his wife at any given time on the trip. One of the best parts about being in the BWCAW is being truly disconnected. Now it's gone.

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lkylarryJun. 19, 12 8:54 PM

And that is why you can turn off your phone. You don't have to answer the call if you don't wish to. You can even leave your phone off the entire time that you're there. And if you or a member of your party is injured, you're that much closer to getting help if you can find someone either in your party or another party that has AT&T for a service provider. I do understand the wonderfulness of untouched nature and getting away from it all, but I also like the little extra safety factor. Granted, the phone will have to come out from inside a plastic bag inside a sealed plastic case when/if that emergency does come up, but at least it's there.

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jjbgollyJun. 19, 12 8:54 PM

I hardly think a cell tower is going to "scar" the BWCA. Why do the wind farms with their huge propellers not "scar" the landscape around the country?

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oat777Jun. 19, 12 8:58 PM

It's great not to have cel service.....until you need it.

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arielbenderJun. 19, 12 9:10 PM

lkylarryJun. 19, 12 8:54 PM And that is why you can turn off your phone____________Which they won't. Most self-absorbed clowns can't stand the the though of being disconnected for 5 minutes much less on a five day trip. Just go to William O'Brien instead and leave the true wilderness experience for people who actually appreciate it.

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essmo2Jun. 19, 12 9:13 PM

Given the aura presented by the photo that headlined the story it would be interesting to see the rendering of the same vantage point with the tower in place

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arielbenderJun. 19, 12 9:29 PM

essmo2Jun. 19, 12 9:13 PM Given the aura presented by the photo that headlined the story it would be interesting to see the rendering of the same vantage point with the tower in place________________Just place your hand in front of the picture and extend your middle finger. That will give you a good idea of what it would look like. :)

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campingdudeJun. 19, 12 9:34 PM

This is just the start. The BWCA will never be the same.

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arielbenderJun. 19, 1210:04 PM

Seriously, the scale of a 450 tower in relation to the surrounding trees would be pretty close to your finger superimposed on the picture.

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bartonw32Jun. 19, 1210:22 PM

Such an overreaction. I love the BWCA and the solitude of being out there, but I hardly think it's ruined now. Why do we always have to go to such extremes? It's there, it's only as big of a deal as you wish to make it. Leave your cell at home and look in another direction if it bugs you that much. Relax and enjoy everything else the BWCA has to offer.

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