Internet Access Atop Mount Everest?!
Gordon Cook of the Cook Report and Tsering Gyaltsen, the grandson of the only Sherpa to accompany Sir Edmund Hillary on his historic ascent of Mount Everest, happened to meet and strike up a conversation last November. The result: wireless e-mail access at the base camp of Mount Everest is being added just in time for the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s first ascent of this incredibly treacherous mountain. This will also be the highest Internet cafe in the world. The severe temperatures, glaciers, and difficulties of the terrain make this no small feat. Wireless radios with special insulation for its severe low temperatures will be strategically placed to moving glaciers, for example. Fascinating story.
The Conquerors: Hillary & Norgay, by Time Magazine, from the Top 100 Heroes and Icons of the 20th Century.
Lost on Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine, by PBS. NOVA’s coverage and story of Mount Everest, climbers, and more.