This article really identifies with our class and the whole "No electronics" rule.
The author, Kevin Callan, makes many good points. Outdoor enthusiast dont bring electronics so that they feel more disconnected, but that may have some consequences. Becoming lost, getting injured etc, can be aided or avoided by simply packing a cellphone for emergency use. He also speaks of lightweight, evironmentally friendly ways to keep the electronics you pack charged and ready for use.
It introduced me to some cool new technology i have never heard of before.Having a frequent hikers insight into outdoor electronics and accesories will certainly help next trip.