Taking a hike in the woods isn’t what it used to be. First of all, if you’re way out in the boonies, you might want to take a GPS with you. If you get lost, it will help rescuers find you. Of course you need to take your cell phone with you too. It’s not like you’re going to surf the net with the cell phone or play video games, or check your email, nothing like that. But what if someone falls and breaks a limb? A cell phone can literally be a lifesaver in an emergency.
But the latest modern innovation is wag bags or poop bags. In a lot of national forests and parks, particularly in out-of-the-way places, rangers are taking down outhouses and handing visitors plastic bags. Hikers can poop into the bags and carry the waste back out with them, thus eliminating the need to clean out privies in places like Mount Whitney.
It sure isn't like it was in the old days.