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Life Imitates Blogs

The other day, I wrote about the intersection of adventure writing and blogging, using a hypothetical blog written during a disaster on Mount Everest as my example. Now, via Xeni Jardin comes a story in the New York Times on the movement to establish a permanent Internet connection to the Everest base camp:

IF the 25-below-zero temperature, howling wind and grim effects of altitude sickness do not make most of those trying to scale Mount Everest feel a world away from home, the near-complete lack of communications on and around Everest surely does.

This year, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's first ascent of Everest, climbers on the mountain will have the chance to connect with the world below by e-mail. That is because Tsering Gyaltsen, the grandson of the only surviving Sherpa to have accompanied Hillary on that famed climb, is planning to build the world's highest Internet cafe at base camp.

Soon it will be possible to blog from anywhere. In fact, as far as I know, one could already blog from Everest via an Iridium phone equipped with a data kit -- it would just be expensive and slow (2.4 kbit/s).

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