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Man Makes Two Calls From Top Of Mt. Everest

And here I was bragging about my reception in San Francisco. A British climber set a world record this week after making two cell phone calls from the top of Mount Everest. Rod Baber made two calls from the mountain's north ridge - first calling basecamp to describe the view and weather and then calling his wife and kids.

According to the BBC, the calls were only possible because China set up a mobile base station with a line of sight to the north ridge. Here's more:

To make the call at the summit, 8,848 metres, Mr Baber had to contend with high winds and temperatures of -30 degrees. The call was made to a voicemail account created by sponsor Motorola to ensure the attempt was recorded.

Mr Baber also did not have much time to make the call because those climbing Everest typically only stay at the summit for 15 minutes. Making such a call is dangerous as talking into the handset meant he had to remove his oxygen mask.

You can listen to the recording of the call online.

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cm0nster8 cm0nster8 9 years
that's pretty cool. something to be proud about.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
I never understood the desire to risk your life for a thrill. *shrug*
smarler smarler 9 years
I read he had to keep the batteries for the phone taped to his body so that they'd stay warm enough to work! Wow.
jhuck jhuck 9 years
Oh sure, I can climb Everest and make a call, but my reception goes out for a good portion of my drive to my hometown? Maybe I need to build a mobile base station in my trunk.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
You forgot the fact that he had his 18 year old daughter with him, making her one of the youngest ever to get to Everest's summit. In fact, I believe she has made it to the highest summit on each continent.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Oh wow!!!!
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