Mount Everest 2002 Expedition
- a sensitive achievement. Very powerful, yet we
discovered its limits above 6400m at ABC. One of the
computers suffered severe high altitude sickness,
and neither pep talks nor the healing hand relieved
the hard disc of its problems. The older of the two
computers seemed to be more acclimatized (maybe
because it had been in thin air before?). Only the
mouse needed to be manipulated with gentle tilts and
a pair of scissors. E-mails and reports aided by satellite
phone, Computer and solar panels - the complex and
sensitive technology of the modern world is now part
of virtually every professional expedition. One may
remark critically that earlier expedition reached
their goals without that kind of technology. Surely.
Earlier is not today. Fifty years ago the farmer
used his hands to plow the field, and today? One
does not want to shut out modern technology, even at
home are we changing from the disc to the DVD - in
step with the course of the times.
options to use e-mail gave us a certain security
since we were able to stay in contact with Bern.
Were we to turn down the weather reports? Certainly
not. Therein lies the main reason to use the
technology. Also, Kari was able to stay in touch
with his office and conduct business. Finally, our
reporting gave friends and family at home a good
look at what was going on, which was comforting and
interesting. One can choose between a stream of
news, or a well told story after the return.
the meantime a new computer arrived, and we only
carefully touch it and talk to it very sweetly -
hopefully, it listens and doesn't let us down?