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Sat phones for Aconcagua
« on: Oct 16 2005, 21:04 »

Any advise for Sat phones?

I'm heading for Acancagua this xmas and want (need) one.

Any advise etc would help.
« Last Edit: Oct 16 2005, 21:51 by 7summits »
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Re: Sat phones
« Reply #1 on: Oct 16 2005, 21:51 »

First choice is the system to use: Thuraya does not work there, so Iridium is your only option.
Handset does not really make much difference, just get a working one  :lol)

 Bring a (charged) spare battery.
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #2 on: Oct 17 2005, 02:53 »

Been looking at MOTOROLA IRIDIUM 9505. Seems to be the one.

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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #3 on: Oct 17 2005, 05:34 »

Used one with GlobalStar last January with great results. No problem to connect anywhere on the mountains. Did talk daily for 5 minutes and used 2 and a half batteries. So be careful with 2 batteries, if it's only for emergency than no problem but for daily talk I would suggest 3.

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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #4 on: Oct 18 2005, 18:56 »

Not wanting to be awkward or anything - but unfortunately I used Globalstar at around the same time - I could connect but couldn't make calls. Possibly something to do with my phone but having said that it worked perfectly in Iceland only 1 month before that.
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #5 on: Oct 20 2005, 19:24 »

Thanks for your replies. BTW whats the read on bags? Some say 4/5 season others 3 season with liner. Any suggestions?
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #6 on: Oct 20 2005, 21:04 »

Thanks for your replies. BTW whats the read on bags? Some say 4/5 season others 3 season with liner. Any suggestions?

See the Aconcagua gear FAQ.
I was toasty in a TNF solar flare, other used anything from Superlight (-18C, 0F) to Marmon CWM..
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #7 on: Oct 20 2005, 21:36 »

Hey Nudge!

I have a -28c bag and used it on Aconcagua and I was quite toasty with 3 straight nights at camp 2 at 5840m. A friend in my group had a -15c and told me he didn't sleep too good, it was too cold.

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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #8 on: Oct 20 2005, 22:02 »

I don't know what possessed me to bring a -10c synthetic bag but I froze to death up there every night. I lay awake shivering with the cold listening to the happy snores of all those who brought nice, cozy -30 or -40 bags. I wouldn't make that mistake again.
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #9 on: Oct 20 2005, 23:00 »

Ha Daisy!

yes, that was not a wise choice, maybe you were counting on some handsome climber to share his bag  :eek)

Synthetic is not needed on Aconcagua, the air is dry.
By the way, women (especially those with low bodyfat like Daisy ;) ) tend to get cold more easily, so for them a -29c/-20F is the lightest to take.

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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #10 on: Oct 22 2005, 14:27 »

Thanks Guys (and Gals) Just one more thing where to get the Sat Phone? Hire or Buy? I believe that ist nor possibel to hire local anymore.
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #11 on: Oct 22 2005, 22:26 »

Ha Daisy!

yes, that was not a wise choice, maybe you were counting on some handsome climber to share his bag  :eek)

Yes, but unfortunately I was on a different schedule to that expedition so it would never have worked  ;D
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #12 on: Oct 23 2005, 01:14 »



Yes, but unfortunately I was on a different schedule to that expedition so it would never have worked  ;D

Yes indeed, only for that damn schedule...
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #13 on: Oct 23 2005, 14:26 »

Hi Nudge
I have  just bought a     feathered friends Peregrine bag

http://www.featheredfriends.com/productlist.aspx?SubCatId=2&CatId=1&selection=2

-25°F/-31.7°C
Specification:
Girth: 64/60/39
Loft: 9"
Fill Weight: 37.0 oz
Average Weight: 64 (oz)

as I too learnt a lesson when on Kili and "borrowed" a + sleeping bag, prob was a +10 or  more.  I had 4 layers on and my goretex jacket and like Daisy will not make that mistake again. I am buying up big on warmer gear as I go higher.

Am tossing up whether feathered friends
http://www.featheredfriends.com/garmentproductlist.aspx?SubCatId=7&CatId=2&selection=2

http://www.phdesigns.co.uk/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=62f98f8ef75e10a36d02fcde771062ce
for a down jacket and gear, mitts.

Also for mitts prob will get the Outdoor Research Alti Mitts unless I choose a phdesigns  unit

I am also going with Julbo for mountaineering glasses, in particular the Julbo micropore Alti Arc X 8 Blue Tundra
http://www.julbousa.com/Products/Outdoor/Micropore.htm
and will  have
http://www.opticus.com/

fit my precription lenses

Cheers
Roger
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Re: Sat phones for Aconcagua
« Reply #14 on: Oct 24 2005, 03:24 »

Thanks for that Roger.
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