Bob, Actually not - look at all the websites of people going up Mt Everest - they all [100% of them] use sat phones both for talking and for their websites. I know this coz I have been up there, admittedly only briefly [ you can't stay there unless you are on a summit trip, or get stuck there because of weather]. I did two major treks in the Nepal / Himalaya region - Annapurna circuit with Annapurna Base Camp - that was the long trek - 25 nights and 26 days; there was a one day acclimatization at around 3500 m on day 5. Maximum height reached was 5400 m; and this is a grade 4 trek, almost the hardest trek around. Short description would be - a great Trans-Himalayan trek with the addition of Annapurna Sanctuary trekking [on this trek you arrive at Everest base camp about noon on the 18th day or so and have a rester and then continue on to the place where you will rest the night, not on Mt Everest base camp itself]. The second trek was Everest Kalapattar/Everest Base Camp - much shorter trek but with a bit more height to it for 12 nights and 13 days, Maximum height: 5550 m; Grade: 4 BTW, the grandson of Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa that climbed the Everest with Hillary, just received permission to build the highest internet café in the world - at base camp - he will be using wireless and satellite communications. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TTFN Vic "To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ -----Original Message----- From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Bob Noble Sent: Tuesday, 25 February, 2003 21:05 To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Hi Vic, I also hear sending pics and things like that are hard to send, because of data problems. It's hard to get all the correct data through the things for a long time period. Any comments? Bob Noble www.sonic.net/bnoble --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.458 / Virus Database: 257 - Release Date: 24/02/2003 To unsubscribe from this list send an email to pcductape-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.