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Everest Trek Log – Oct 09

on March 4, 2009 with 0 and 0 in category Travel

Date: 2005-10-9 08:49:37
Geo Coord: 27.74298N 86.71371E
Altitude: 4344

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Everest Trek Log – Oct 09

on March 4, 2009 with 0 and 0 in category Travel

Date: October 9 08:49:37
Geo Coord: 27.74298N 86.71371E
Altitude: 4344

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Everest Trek Log – Oct 08

on March 4, 2009 with 0 and 0 in category Travel

Date: October 08 23:10:05
Geo Coord: 32-16-45 069-45-12
Altitude: 3416

OK we are now in Karachi Pakistan and getting ready to get on the plane.  Some of the server software was not working {mosimage} so I ended up staying up all night rewriting the code to allow pictures to be posted. This posting is a test of the software I wrote to do the remote updates.  For the computer geeks, it’s all written in Perl that runs on a cron job to check when I have uploaded the files.  This program does a MySQL database update to the Mambo content engine. I created a client and server xml parser that will compress the files I send via a Thuraya phone from the mountain. We will try to make a web log post each day.

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Trek to Everest Base Camp

on March 1, 2009 with 0 and 0 in category Travel tagged as , , , , , ,

This is the trek route we took to the Mt Everest base camp.  Our trek went via the recently opened Nangpa Valley. Cross Renjo and Cho la. Climb both Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar and camp overnight at Everest Base Camp. 

The trek travels to the remotest parts of the Khumbu Himal and visits all the main valleys of the region. We can explore fascinating Sherpa villages and visit the Buddhist monasteries at Tengboche and Pangboche, whilst the names of so many famous mountains including Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Pumori will become part of our vocabulary. Not only does this trek include ascents of both Gokyo Ri and Kalapattar, we even camp overnight at Everest Base camp, allowing us to soak up the atmosphere of this hallowed place.
 
In common with most Everest treks we fly up to the mountain airstrip at Lukla and head north along the well-worn trail, which follows the mighty Dudh Kosi river to Namche Bazaar. This sizeable Sherpa village is situated at the heart of the Khumbu and all the principal valleys of the region converge here. Most parties continue to follow well-trodden paths, but we leave the crowds behind and head up the remote Nangpa valley to Marulung. Only recently opened to trekkers, this valley was off-limits for many years owing to its proximity to the sensitive Tibetan border. Its unspoilt authentic Sherpa villages offer a unique insight into how the area would have been when Hillary first walked these paths fifty years ago.

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Brunton Solar Role

on March 1, 2009 with 0 and 0 in category Travel tagged as , , , ,
Brunton’s SolarRoll are flexible solar panels made for powering electronic equipment on expeditions. The rolls weigh under a pound and can output up to 14 watts of power, which in was enough to recharge a laptop computer but not to run directly off of it. A SolarRoll can charge digital cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, satellite phones and other products in the most remote regions of the world. The amorphous solar cells are effective in bright sunlight as well as on partly cloudy days.  To set up a SolarRoll, you simply unroll the panel and drape it across your tent or any other place in direct sunlight. Brunton includes two cables for connecting to various devices: The first cable has four standard plugs that work with the power outlet found on common devices like laptop computers and satellite phones. The second cable includes a vehicle-outlet connection so it can be used with adapters made to power devices off a car’s cigarette lighter.
 
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Field Charging EOS 1D Mark II

on February 28, 2009 with 0 and 0 in category Photography, Travel tagged as , , ,

As my photographic trips started to take me further and further from civilization, I soon realized my need for power. Now that I have converted to full digital, I travel with a Panasonic Toughbook and an Archos to backup photos on the road. I have found this setup works well for almost any trip; however it has me very dependent on electricity. I wanted a system that I could recharge my camera and laptop in the field. I soon discovered that Canon does not make a DC charger for the EOS 1D Mark II or EOS 1DS Mark II NP-E3 battery. It puzzled me that there were not enough professional photographers requiring field power. However, I guess the amount of photographers that will be away from any power for days on end will be very limited. ImageI finally found a solution for my battery charging needs. The MAHA MH-C777PlusII Smart Battery Charger ended up fitting all my charging needs.  It even comes with a cigarette adapter that can charge the NP-E2 and NP-E3 batteries. I also purchased a AA and AAA pack to charge batteries for my flash, gps etc.

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