Getting to Mt. Everest: Landing and Giving in Katmandu
On May 4, we are planning to talk with Brian Dickinson, our friend and Cisco engineer, from Mt Everest’s Base Camp at 17,500’. You can register for that free WebEx event here. In the meantime, we are following his journey there and back. Late last week, he arrived in Katmandu. All photos are courtesy of Brian Dickinson.
On March 24th, we met Brian Dickinson via WebEx before he left for his Mt Everest climb. In that session, we learned about Brian, his Navy background, his passion for extreme sports
and his desire to climb The Seven Summits. While pursuing his incredible goal, Brian turned his journey into a cause to raise money for AIDS Research and to connect with the children at orphanages in the countries he visits.
On March 30, he left for Katmandu, Nepal and he got his first glimpse of the Himalayas from the plane. “It was interesting to see how just the sight of the mountain could impact so many people regardless of their nationality,” Brian writes. He arrived safely with pounds of gear required to make the climb.
Upon his arrival, Brian toured Nepal and had a chance to give toys to children at the Kathmandu Early Childhood Development Center. Brian has told us there was nothing that could beat the smiles of those children and as you can see from one of his snapshots, he didn’t exaggerate.
After spending time in Nepal, the team has moved on to Lukla, Nepal which is known for having the world’s most dangerous airport (be sure to watch the video at the bottom of that link – holy cow).
The runway is so short, there’s really no room for error. Brian made it to Base Camp safely and is now getting ready for the next step of his journey.
At Base Camp, Brian is with INX’s Christopher Rose who is troubleshooting the technology angle of Brian’s trip, helping coordinate networking, devices and more so we can actually talk to him via a 3G network. The INX team has created a great video about the adventure you can watch here.
Bookmark our blog: we will update Brian’s story in about 10 days as he acclimates to life at Base Camp.
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