Left: Mall Duff,
C2. Right: The tech.
We hope that you,
following our struggles, fears and possibly success, will find the strength and courage to
pursue a dream of your own.
Text: Tina Sjögren, Photo:
Thomas and Tina Sjögren
The vision of the
expedition is to connect pioneers in remote corners of the world with kids and
dreamers in their homes over the entire rest of the world via the net. We will try out
different technological systems to send information live from the mountain and the summit
of Mount Everest to your computer.
Click on image to view larger: Babu Shirri Sherpa.
The plan -
Weather permitting, we will make an effort to make an early summit attempt to provide for
a second attempt should the first one fail.
1. On the summit attempt, some of our sherpas will climb a day ahead and
fix ropes to the balcony. They will then return to camp 4 and stand by there as rescue.
2. The rest of
us will climb the next night and fix the ropes from balcony to the summit. On the summit
we will leave Babu and return. A sealed oxygen bottle will be left for him for emergency.
3. Dawan, Babus
brother, will make a camp at the Balcony (C5) with additional oxygen for security. The
rest of the sherpas, along with Tom, Tina and Tommy will return to C4 at 8000 meters.
4. There, we
will take turns to monitor Babus condition by asking him specific questions on the radios.
Additional sherpas will stand by in C2 at 6300 meters.
5. The next
day, Babu returns, met by Dawan and the rest of us. We will then continue our descent back
to BC together.
Click on image to view larger: The technology we are using.
- We hope to transmit live from the summit on the internet. The pictures on the summit
night will be slow (update approx. every 5 sec), poor quality - but, hopefully - LIVE.
They will be transmitted a few minutes every hour during the summit night. There will also
be live transmissions before that, from various situations on the mountain. These
transmissions will be announced on the site in advance.
Apart from the usual expedition technology, we will try out some additional tech for the
live part. This means at large:
Climbers: imageseras, communicationboxes, tube antennas and battery
supplies - all mounted in the clothing.
Stations on the mountain (C1, C2, C4): Aluminium antennas (18 dB),
communication boxes, powersupplies
BC: Same gear as at the other stations plus satellite phone, laptop and
Click on image to view larger: Avalanche, BC.
Some of the problems
that we will be facing...
Transportation - To begin with, the sensitive tech-gear must survive 10
transportation on the backs of yaks. After that, the equipment will be carried up and down
the mountain in cramped backpacks.
Cold - Ice on
the antennas, batteries losing power, inexact installations, ice
or breakage on cords and connectors.
Wind, avalanches -Especially the antennas and com-boxes in high camps are
Satellite phone - Weak link and low transmission speed.
Server in Sweden - Needs special programs for updates.
There will also be additional problems in directing the antennas and also the general
fatigue in the climbers, preventing them to perform exact tasks.