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Brian Dickinson is an engineer at Cisco.

For many of us, we consider him a friend. When he decided he was going to climb Mt Everest as part of his personal mission to climb the Seven Summits, we collectively gasped. The danger involved was daunting and while we knew he was a tough ex-Navy guy, he’s also a husband and father and good friend!

Brian wanted to document his progress and allowed us to talk with him over a series of three WebEx events. When things started, we all had no idea the challenges he would face during his actual climb. We started out talking to him at sea-level from his home in Snoqualmie, WA. He shared his motivation, hopes and dreams about the climb.

Being a “Cisco guy” he also had a tech strategy for his trip. He knew he wanted to do a WebEx from Base Camp and stay in touch with his family and friends via social networking. He took along his laptop and other tools as described in this Cisco blog.

He did manage to talk to us from his Base Camp “Internet Cafe” (a rock) and we captured some amazing video during our WebEx. We were never more excited than when we saw his web cam kick in and saw his smiling face! You can watch that recording here.

Finally, when he completed the climb -- which sounds so easy in writing but was actually a terrifying experience that included snow-blindness and running out of oxygen -- he talked with us about everything that happened. At one point, he choked up retelling the story because he said he realizes the huge risk he took and what he almost lost.

We invite you to learn about Brian’s story. From the technology involved to his tale of survival. It’s an interesting set of WebEx recordings and you don’t need to download anything to enjoy them. Thank you Brian for sharing your adventure with us and we are so happy to have you back with us, safe and sound.

Part 1: Before the Climb: Cisco Engineer Takes Us with Him to Mt Everest

Part 2: Meeting Mt. Everest: Live from the Climb

Part 3: Surviving Mt Everest: Snow Blind, Breathless and Determin
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In the Spotlight: Brian Dickison from the Cisco Newsroom

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