How Backcountry Search and Rescue Works
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This is what happens when you go missing in the woods. Hint: keep your cellphone on your person even if there's no service and you turn it off.
This was news to me!
In another case, Anderson says searchers in Arizona pinged a missing climber’s cell phone and determined that he was likely 60 miles south of where their search was focused. (As long as the battery isn’t dead, phones can be pinged even when they’re turned off to find out which cell towers the signal passes through.)