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I've been an avid day hiker for the last few years. In my "pre-career/pre-kid" days I was an avid hiker and back-country camper. I've been slowly moving beyond my day trips and getting back into some overnight and weekend trips but unfortunately my wife has also been getting more nervous about not being able to contact me in cases of emergency and its really limited me to just overnighters. In July I'm going to be heading out for 4-5 days in western NC and I'm getting a lot of pushback from the wife as I'm pretty sure there will be no cell phone coverage. I've considered picking up a spot to make her feel better that I'm safe but it doesn't address her being able to contact me. With small children and some health issues with some family members her concern isn't unreasonable for being gone for several days but yet I would really like to spend some more time in the back country. Day hikes are becoming just a big tease! Now I'm not talking about long conversations - probably/hopefully none at all, even text messaging would be sufficient. I've looking into maybe renting a satellite phone for the week but that looks like it could get pricey after a few trips. About 20 years ago I used to have my FCC\Amateur radio license and we did some interesting things with patching calls through cell towers but with no towers to patch through I'm thinking thats probably out as well.
Anyone have any thoughts/suggestions?