You can call him crazy. You can call him a daredevil. Either way, Guinness is calling him a new world record holder. UK resident Rod Baber has successfully completed his record-breaking cell phone call from atop to 8848-metre Mt. Everest peak.
With temperatures plummeting to -30 degrees celsius and oxygen almost nonexistant, Baber dialed into a special voice mail account set up by sponsor Motorola and exclaimed "Hi, it’s Rod making the world’s highest phone call."Baber was of course equipped with an oxygen mask, but had to remove it to make the call, which was followed up by a call to his wife and kids. He had cell phone batteries strapped to his body to ensure they'd stay warm enough to stay active and power his phone.
He began climbing the mountain on 15 May and placed the call yesterday. It's all thanks to new cell phone towers in China that recently added reception that reached the high summit (and you just know people have been demading the ability to make 8000-metre-high calls for years).
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