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(Telegraph)   Mt. Everest now has 4G service, yet you still have to balance on the arm of your couch and coffee table in order to get a buffer-free Rickroll. Yay technology   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 38
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2013-07-06 08:25:16 PM  
I wonder if it's LTE? Probably.
 
2013-07-06 08:25:53 PM  
You used to go hiking/camping/climbing to escape everything. Now, not so much.

/also, Mt. Everest seems played out.
 
2013-07-06 09:10:47 PM  
I feel like eventually they're just gonna build an elevator or something, and you just ride up, get out, then ride back down.
 
2013-07-06 09:17:17 PM  

ambassador_ahab: I feel like eventually they're just gonna build an elevator or something, and you just ride up, get out, then ride back down.


I could do that, as long as they served sandwiches on the ride up.
 
2013-07-06 09:23:59 PM  
Soon it will be more financially and physically taxing to ride the Everest ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom
 
2013-07-06 09:30:55 PM  
I just want to go to base camp.

Are you going to the top?

Soon...
 
2013-07-06 09:40:38 PM  

Bruxellensis: I just want to go to base camp.

Are you going to the top?

Soon...


We're done here.

/RIP Mitch
 
2013-07-07 12:03:20 AM  

I want your skull: Bruxellensis: I just want to go to base camp.

Are you going to the top?

Soon...

We're done here.

/RIP Mitch


+like
 
2013-07-07 12:07:29 AM  
Great, and Sprint still doesn't have 4G here.
 
2013-07-07 12:11:13 AM  
Just watch out for those delicately-balanced eclairs from above.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-07 12:21:59 AM  
Find a way to download all those frozen mummies off the death zone.
 
2013-07-07 12:36:04 AM  
Give me a cold weather stillsuit powered by a small nuclear reactor and a lightweight pressure swing adsorption oxygen generator and I'll make short work of that mountain. Otherwise, forget it. Stupid human traffic jams are more likely to kill you now than anything the mountain throws at you.
 
2013-07-07 12:38:58 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Find a way to download all those frozen mummies off the death zone.


SLED RIDES! EVEREST SLED RIDES, $20 A POP!
 
2013-07-07 12:45:06 AM  
I want to know how they're powering the dang system... Probably a combination of solar + battery + very expensively supported diesel generators along the line of DEW Line radars.

I dunno about the China side, but most of Nepal has power less than 12 hours at a stretch per day, in a country that has hydropower resources second only to Brazil.

Wireless is cool in that you *can* set it up relatively cheaply and easily in places where copper would be impossible. A lot of the third world leapfrogged the developed world in cell phone service because they didn't spend decades setting up landlines. I remember asking someone a trekking guide a question as we were walking along a dirt road in sight of Machapuchare. He flipped open his phone, made a call and made some inquires.... That sort of set my engineering sensibilities at odds, because that shouldn't have been weirder than running a landline wire to a random house the middle of say, Appalachia, but it seemed so.
 
2013-07-07 01:27:36 AM  
Was there even a point to climbing Everest before you could post about it on Vine, Instagram, and Facebook once you got to the top?
 
2013-07-07 01:36:03 AM  
Stubby must don't have LTE. 22megs down 10 up
 
2013-07-07 02:01:41 AM  

themindiswatching: /also, Mt. Everest seems played out.


Yeah. Don't worry, though. We'll have another "World's Tallest Mountain" soon enough.

I mean...aw, nuts.
 
2013-07-07 03:09:14 AM  
I thought we were calling it Denali now.
 
2013-07-07 03:22:49 AM  

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Find a way to download all those frozen mummies off the death zone.


I prefer them up there. If they ever do that, it will really have been Disneyfied.
 
2013-07-07 03:24:59 AM  

MrEricSir: Was there even a point to climbing Everest before you could post about it on Vine, Instagram, and Facebook once you got to the top?


Somewhere on the intertubes must be an Instagram photo of someone's meal on Everest...
 
2013-07-07 04:57:30 AM  
I went to Alaska and was shocked Denali National Park had 3G and wifi. Then I realized the cost/benefit analysis. With the ability to pull up maps online, get GPS locations and call for help, there are most likely far less emergencies and faster response time. This means less personnel are needed to go searching for people and it saves tax dollars. This is especially true in the main visitors area of Denali that is frequented by older visitors.
 
2013-07-07 05:39:28 AM  
Mt.Everest has 4G, but I have to pay $100 a month for internet that only gets speeds of 3.5mb 8 hours of the day...
 
2013-07-07 06:31:10 AM  

maxheck: Wireless is cool in that you *can* set it up relatively cheaply and easily in places where copper would be impossible. A lot of the third world leapfrogged the developed world in cell phone service because they didn't spend decades setting up landlines. I remember asking someone a trekking guide a question as we were walking along a dirt road in sight of Machapuchare. He flipped open his phone, made a call and made some inquires.... That sort of set my engineering sensibilities at odds, because that shouldn't have been weirder than running a landline wire to a random house the middle of say, Appalachia, but it seemed so.


One reason is shiatty governments - it's much easier to have a free market in cell towers than with wired telecoms.
 
2013-07-07 06:56:31 AM  

themindiswatching: You used to go hiking/camping/climbing to escape everything. Now, not so much.

/also, Mt. Everest seems played out.


The South Col route is. It is full of people who paid $130,000 and expect to be carried to the top. High Crimes: The Fate of Everest is a really depressing look at what the mountain has become.
 
2013-07-07 07:19:14 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-07-07 09:46:46 AM  
i1353.photobucket.com
Picture of alleged said coffee
 
2013-07-07 09:51:35 AM  

vicejay: Just watch out for those delicately-balanced eclairs from above.


i1353.photobucket.com
 
2013-07-07 09:55:01 AM  
I didn't even have service hiking the Glacier Basin Trail on Mt. Rainier a week ago.

i.imgur.com

/just using this as an excuse to talk about my hike and post a picture
/was surreal
 
2013-07-07 11:30:09 AM  
Meanwhile, I can barely get signal on Pike's Peak.

/or anywhere in Colorado Springs, it seems.
//ATT sucks here.
 
2013-07-07 12:09:01 PM  
Fun fact: in 2012, 52% of attempts on Everest were successful. Most of the people who don't make it are people that have absolutely no business on Everest in the first place, and Everest is loaded up these days with people that have no business up there. Your seriously out-of-shape people, people that want to take ridiculous things to the summit (I read about one person who wanted to take up a bicycle), etc.

It's just not that impressive anymore. You want to be impressive, you go climb something else in the top ten that hasn't been touristed to death. You go climb K2. You go climb Annapurna. You go climb Kangchenjunga.
 
2013-07-07 01:30:23 PM  

Gosling: It's just not that impressive anymore. You want to be impressive, you go climb something else in the top ten that hasn't been touristed to death. You go climb K2. You go climb Annapurna. You go climb Kangchenjunga.


Or subby's mom.
 
2013-07-07 01:39:14 PM  
You want a challenge? Climb up to Jake's Rock, from the Allegheny reservoir.
 
2013-07-07 01:42:02 PM  
I don't even have 4G service yet and God forbid if I want to try to get a decent 3G signal without going outside. Fark you Everest.
 
2013-07-07 02:23:31 PM  

EngineerAU: Gosling: It's just not that impressive anymore. You want to be impressive, you go climb something else in the top ten that hasn't been touristed to death. You go climb K2. You go climb Annapurna. You go climb Kangchenjunga.

Or subby's mom.


That falls into the"touristed to death"category.
 
2013-07-07 06:25:36 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Great, and Sprint still doesn't have 4G here.


Yup... that's what I was gonna say. If it weren't for the huge discount my wife and I get through her employer, I would absolutely have another carrier. c'mon Sprint... Hurry the fark up with your rollout. My wife, at least, gets WiMax on her phone. My newer phone is LTE, though, and Sprint can't seem to get their asses in gear on that.
 
2013-07-07 10:23:00 PM  

Greek: Farty McPooPants: Great, and Sprint still doesn't have 4G here.

Yup... that's what I was gonna say. If it weren't for the huge discount my wife and I get through her employer, I would absolutely have another carrier. c'mon Sprint... Hurry the fark up with your rollout. My wife, at least, gets WiMax on her phone. My newer phone is LTE, though, and Sprint can't seem to get their asses in gear on that.




No place on Ohio has Sprint 4G LTE, but places like Midland, TX do. Midland, TX, which is in the Permian Basin in West Texas (which is basically sage brush and cacti) has LTE. WTF Sprint?!

Not to mention that Sprint's 3G network sucks balls. It's unlimited, but it's so damned slow you'd never have to worry about a cap.
 
2013-07-08 12:31:58 AM  
It would be lovely to get a call from someone at the peak of Everest.  I'd kill to hear what gibberish their oxygen starved brains interpret as insightful and moving.  Plus the lingering to gab extends their chances of dying up there.

A shame no one has gathered the bodies of those that have died and propped them up along the path to the top, posed as cheering and waving at the would-be conquerers.  Nothing like being silently praised by the losers to further feed your summit fever.
 
2013-07-08 02:03:49 AM  
I'm curious what this means for all the Google maps reviews of Everest. About half of them rated it poorly due to lack of signal.
Next up, getting Sherpas willing to carry your stuff.
 
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