Nine million visitors come to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, but few, unfortunately, have time to enjoy fully the challenges and pleasures, the opportunities for reflection and inner growth, that the park's wild and beautiful backcountry offers. Trial by Trail chronicles the odyssey of one man who, over time, discovered the deeper riches to be found within the park's boundaries. In fourteen lively personal essays, Johnny Molloy describes the adventures by which he came of age as a backpacker. Born a "flatlander" in Memphis, he first visited the Smokies while attending the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the 1980s. Initially, he treated the park as a personal playground - a place to cut loose, break rules, and act irresponsibly. After many hiking excursions, however, he gained a more profound appreciation of the mountains, becoming an avid park volunteer intent on the protection and improvement of the area. He grew, as he puts it, both as an outdoor adventurer and as a human being. Interwoven throughout these pieces is a wealth of Smoky Mountains lore and history along with dozens of tips for novice backpackers. Molloy's stories encompass backpacking during all four seasons as well as accounts of solo hiking, off-trail hiking, and whitewater canoeing.
Researchers from international institutions and industries offer 31 papers on COST actions, and aspects of networks and radio systems that can lead to everyone being accessible to everyone all the time anywhere in the world. Among the topics are flexible hybrid multiple access schemes for third-generation mobile radio systems, the status and prospects for personal communications in Japan, cell blocking performance for a dynamic channel allocation technique in future generation mobile satellite systems, decision-directed and non-decision-directed channels state estimators for a slowly fading channel, and a revised analog model for the land mobile satellite channel. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)