Just in time for the trip.
Get your Ham Radio License by attending our Clubís weekend course in November.
Then be able to communicate on the trail with the likes of Tapatio, accrete, stampy, TexGX, BroncoHauler, Gooseberry, loren85022, SteveInLA, rob_gendreau, macmcintire, pinz712, myself, and a host of others.
The course itself is free, but there is a $15 charge for materials (well written study guide) and $15 fee for the exam.
Here is more information.
For others not in the S.F. Bay area. Shoot me an email and I will try and get you hooked up with a course in your area.