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RRG - info on phone service

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Rob Woodward · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 10

Hi all, I'm in search of helpful info!

I'm in the process of putting together an emergency action plan for use by a university climbing club whilst climbing at RRG, part of which will be which crags have/don't have any phone service. Would be great to get info on different providers at as many crags as possible.

Thanks in advance!

Alexander Stathis · · Athens, GA · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 106

When I had Sprint, I rarely had service anywhere in the Red except Miguels, Arches, or the Rock House, and rarely did I have LTE data.

I've since switched carriers but haven't been back to the Red yet. 

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

I know Muir has an emergency phone, road, and responder plan. I'd give the Friends of Muir a call. They can probably give you alot of information about this sort of thing. 

Lena chita · · Cleveland, OH · Joined Mar 2011 · Points: 735

That's tough to put together, because a lot of times it is marginal and dependent on the carrier. I have Verison, and I get reception at almost every crag in PMRP, and most of MF, but I might have to walk around to find a spot where the signal is.

In general the crags that are higher up have a better chance of signal. Like, in Muir Valley I'd bet on a service at Solarium, but maybe not at the Hideout.

ARonchetti · · Mundelein, IL · Joined May 2011 · Points: 15

I have Verizon and I usually have some degree of reception everywhere. Data sucks and my calls will usually drop. That's why I tell people to text me if it's important. 

Thomas Gilmore · · Red River Gorge, KY · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 85

Like mentioned, Verizon gets decent service in most places but don't plan on that being 100%. Sprint gets spotty service. T-mobile gets no service. Muir valley has emergency 2 way radios that will contact whoever is working on site for FOMV that day and then they would have to relay the emergency to S&R from there. I vaguely remember an emergency radio at drive by crag in the PMRP but I am unsure who that would contact. To answer your specific questions of which crags get service, I think you would have to do the legwork and actually go to those crags and see. What might be a more reasonable and easier solution is to find out which parking lots get service (muir valley, PMRP, MFRP, Roadside, etc..) as that would cover a more broad range of crags and you can generally get to most parking lots from the crag in under 15 minutes.

Brian L. · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 90

Generally speaking, the only reliable service in the gorge is by the freeway exit/shell station.

Often you will have service at, or near the top of a crag, especially if it tops out, but will have nothing at the base. This is based on my AT&T service.

I was at Global Village last weekend, and recall it does have service at the base of the crag, at least by Vision, etc. Not sure about the other end by Casual Viewing, nor down by Eureka.

DrRockso · · Red River Gorge, KY · Joined Sep 2013 · Points: 347

Listing stuff based on providers should be a rather moot point in case of an emergency, modern phones should be using any available towers from every provider if dialing 911. Muir has good reception now at most crags thanks to an Appalachian Wireless/Verizon tower that got built in the spring about a mile away from the valley. In general the North has decent reception at the top of cliffs, and can be spotty at the bottom of the cliff. You can probably expect to have service at Fortress Wall even at the bottom. PMRP has reception at most crags now. 

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