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Mt. Everest has 3G coverage @ summit

10:29 a.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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I don't know how you guys feel, but I certainly won't even start planning my ascent until they have LTE locked down.  :shudder:

http://www.geek.com/mobile/mount-everest-now-has-a-permanent-3g-connection-to-the-summit-1292277/

5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Well FINALLY.  When will Starbucks be opening at Base Camp, or are there already three, each about 100' apart?

5:34 p.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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LTE? I want full cable access, premium channels, and DVR capabilities.

Oh, and a jacuzzi.

5:35 p.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Come to think of it a fully stocked bar might be useful as well.

9:11 p.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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They already have Starbucks and Pete's. The bar has been open for years, as shown in Vertical Limit. Oh, wait - the VL bar is at K2, not Everest.

Actually, cell coverage from base camp to summit has been available for several years now, though maybe not 3G.

Gifto, you were there last year. What cell coverage was there then?

9:14 p.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Bill S said:

Gifto, you were there last year. What cell coverage was there then?

 I didn't see any yaks toting Verizon billboards in the photos she took. ;)

11:32 p.m. on April 10, 2013 (EDT)
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Saw this last week on another forum

they probably weren't selling enough caffè lattes on the summit:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/Holsti97/whitneystarbucks.jpg

8:26 a.m. on April 11, 2013 (EDT)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:

LTE? I want full cable access, premium channels, and DVR capabilities.

Oh, and a jacuzzi.

 Pourquoi pas?

1:01 p.m. on April 11, 2013 (EDT)
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Now you can tweet from the summit.

"I have summited, its really cold and windy, going back down now"

How long can you have your gloves off to actually use a phone/tablet?

11:12 a.m. on April 12, 2013 (EDT)
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frostbite can happen very quickly.  how quickly depends on a number of factors - what you are wearing, how many calories you consumed, alcohol/tobacco use, temperature, wind speed, among other things.  the National Weather Service estimates that in severe cold and wind conditions, frostbite can occur in as little as five minutes.  (-20F temperature plus 35 mph winds, for example). 

http://antarcticfudgesicles.wordpress.com/afsa-student-page/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-frostbite/

because cell/smart phones require either bare skin for a touch screen or very thin glove liners to tap a keyboard, this presents people with the monumentally stupid opportunity to get frostbite for no good reason.  my hands are staying in the glove liners and in the mitts on a winter summit unless it's a lot more important than a phone call or a text message.  i wouldn't try to use my phone from the top of Mt. Washington or Mt. Marcy in the winter, let alone Everest, unless i were in serious distress.

   

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