This is exactly the problem. We now live in a society where everything has to be digitized for us to feel safe. Or at least that is what our mired media wants us to believe. Going for a hike use to be about unplugging. Is it the duty of the folks in the hiking community with half a brain to protect the others that have no brain at all? The environment is now supposed to be adapted or is it the hiker whom should be responsible for adapting themselves. First it is another sign. Then it is QR Codes. Next thing you know we have Dominos Pizza being delivered by Drones to Guyout. If we facilitate lack of self reliance in one place expectations of the ignorant will only become more demanding and the whole experience just gets more dumbed down. Therefore ruining it for the people that are out there for the rustic experience which it should be.
That is the dilemma. I also want that remote, wilderness experience when I hike. I don't like buildings on summits, don't use the huts for water or shelter, etc. I tend to seek out hikes and times where I see a minimal amount of people. I'd be totally fine with no signs anywhere. That's how I enjoy it. My Way does not necessarily equal "right" and Their Way isn't necessarily "wrong". These are opinions.
Again I don't think you're looking at it from the point of view of the populace. I think dug's statement would more aptly describe your position if it said "Do we want the mountains to adapt to the populace or do we want the populace to adapt to my point of view of the mountains". You assume your way of enjoying the mountains is the "correct" way to enjoy the mountains. The mountains are just there. They are not concerned with how we go about using them.
I used a QR Code sign as an example because it could very small and inobtrusive to the overall view versus a giant billboard style sign like JustJoe and others posted. And it could potentially alleviate a constant drain on SAR time and resources. An example where the technology everyone here seems to dread could improve the overall views of the wilderness by not using billboards, engage the younger generations and their obsession with their phones, and maybe "trick" them into looking at a map that the QR code brings up - an opportunity to learn and ask questions about what they are seeing.
And what about at a trailhead? Imagine if you could scan a QR code in the parking lot, it locates you on a map, it scrolls through LNT and 10 essential basics like "Sunset is at 7:18PM today. Do you have a headlamp or flashlight?", it could electronically log you into a trail register much like the paper ones used in Baxter and the Catskills and provide valuable info to SAR when they do have to go out, provide detailed usage statistics for trail maintenance, etc, etc. There are a lot of possibilities to solve or greatly reduce many of the nagging problems out there. And if you're an old curmudgeon and don't like Big Brother tracking you with all this new fangled technology? Then don't do it. Just walk right by the tiny barcode sign and carry on with your day.
There are tons and tons of websites, forums, social media, etc out there for newbies to gather info and plan a hike and learn. Clearly this method does not work for a lot of people or we wouldn't be reliving the same mistakes over and over again. I think the only way to get to many people is at the point of entry to the woods -i.e. the parking lot. They have to go there to start the hike. Having volunteers at trailheads is a useful but also highly dependent on volunteers and limits the locations they can be. Technology can be present everywhere.
Your making some pretty big assumptions about my opinions but I guess that is what discussions are partly for. Sorry I disagree with your ideas but you seem to think your way is the right way, but I still disagree. I do see your SAR argument, but you have only created numbers within your own mind to support your hypothesis. You have thrown out some pretty theoretical numbers which again are only ideas within your own opinions that you think are right. So, let's not have the tea kettle calling the pot black. Don't get me wrong about the SAR Community as quite a few of them are and have been my friends over the last five decades and I am quite in tune with their gig. I am truly appreciative of their efforts and support their cause financially on a regular basis. So therefore, I am concerned about their wellbeing. With that said they sign on to the task well knowing what they are getting into. They know what they are doing and work together as a team and look out for themselves with a very high success rate if not impeccable record. So, could you please tell me the last time the rescuers had to be rescued? Can you tell me the last time there was serious injury or loss of life among the SAR community? Extremely low if almost nonexistent especially in comparison to the average hiker which I can confidently state without hesitation in a non-hypothetical manner. So let's agree to disagree. I will not be commenting on this thread any longer.
I used a QR Code sign as an example because it could very small and inobtrusive to the overall view versus a giant billboard style sign like JustJoe and others posted. And it could potentially alleviate a constant drain on SAR time and resources. An example where the technology everyone here seems to dread could improve the overall views of the wilderness by not using billboards
No one here ever mentioned putting up billboards, never mind in wilderness. My suggestion is only to add some additional signage to the 5 problem trail-heads, already covered by the WMNF trail steward program. Those 5 trail-heads, already have a good sized Kiosks. A separate and easily smaller one dedicated to safety and navigation, could be helpful. QR codes could possibly be helpful but it depends on the type. The information you'd like to be able to access with one, would require a Dynamic QR Code and that would require internet service. For just text, and a URL web link to more info., would only need to be a Static QR Code and no internet service is required. However, if you got a URL to a web link such as a map, weather, etc. from it, you will need internet service to open it. Relying on a good internet connection, is not good idea. It is pretty clear, that the US Forest Service and or the NH Fish & Game Dept., do not want hikers to relay on electronics to stay out of trouble.