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Mountally challenged => Harry's Everest 2005 trip updates => Topic started by: Chris Valentine on Apr 12 2005, 20:53

Title: 12th April: update on Alex and Sergey
Post by: Chris Valentine on Apr 12 2005, 20:53
Got a couple more recordings from Lorenzo today, after yesterday's failures which I can only put down to a poor satellite signal. Alex was injured but is being 'fixed' and will return to the team shortly. Meanwhile they're getting some wonderful views of the Himalays from the vast Tibetan plateau, on the way to base camp.

Lorenzo's Everest Audio Blog (http://everest.open.ac.uk/)

Chris.
Title: Re: 12th April: update on Alex and Sergey
Post by: Romke on Apr 13 2005, 03:50
Received a short message from Harry today:

"Hey, my phone is working again. Now in Xegar (New Tingri), 4350m and cold! Still reasonably on schedule. To basecamp day after tomorrow!"
Title: Re: 12th April: update on Alex and Sergey
Post by: MournesMan on Apr 13 2005, 04:56
Was horrified to see the extent of Serguey's injury on the Everest.net link - 3/4 of his heel blown away.  He was to be guiding!!!  I hope they can rebuild his foot so that he can carry on doing what he loves - climbing mountains.

Good to hear that Harry is well on the way to basecamp and is on the Tibetan plateau.  Watched a channel 4 TV programme showing the Tibetan plateau - it involved a pilgramage trek around the base of one of the mountains by Nick Middleton and it looked cold and desolate (did anyone watch it?)

Chris, I would be interested to learn more about the IPAQ solution to sending images - it is a pity that laptops don't work so well at those altitudes, but do IPAQs work any better?

Colin
Title: Re: 12th April: update on Alex and Sergey
Post by: Buddha on Apr 13 2005, 05:06
Colin,

The IPAQ has survived extreme humidity and temperatures down to -55C. It has survived at 8000 meters on Everest. Due to their lack of rotating hard-drives, the hand-helds are more reliable at altitude than laptops.
Title: Re: 12th April: update on Alex and Sergey
Post by: Daisy on Apr 13 2005, 14:40

Chris, I would be interested to learn more about the IPAQ solution to sending images - it is a pity that laptops don't work so well at those altitudes, but do IPAQs work any better?

Colin
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Hi Colin,
Last year the Irish team on Everest used IPAQs right up to the South Col to send messages and pictures to base camp and back to Ireland. We had a laptop too though and I used to have to keep it in my sleeping bag at night! We also used IPAQs on Aconcagua in January. They're great little tools (and not just coz i work for HP  ;) )
Title: Re: 12th April: update on Alex and Sergey
Post by: Chris Valentine on Apr 13 2005, 20:13
We've not looked into using the iPAQ yet but are keen to. The ones we have have a slot for a Secure Digital memory card and BlueTooth so in theory, with the right camera, you wouldn't need any cables between it, camera and phone.

Chris.
Title: Re: 12th April: update on Alex and Sergey
Post by: MournesMan on Apr 14 2005, 04:42
Daisy

Nice plug for HP but I think I'll stick to buying a Dell Axim - but mainly because I can get it cheaper and VAT free through work (QUB).  Though if you can get me a good price for one of the IPAQs (hx4700) then I might be a convert!!!  :lol)

Anyway, sounds like you had fun on your last expedition - did you reach the summit?

Colin