VISLINK is providing portable broadcast equipment for the British Forces Makalu 2010 expedition, where climbers plan to conquer one of the most hostile peaks in the Himalayas.
The objective of the Makalu 2010 expedition is for the team of six climbers to place at least two members on the summit and return safely back to Base Camp. VISLINK's wireless camera will enable the video records of the climb which will be used for the blog, Twitter, UK local news, video streaming and documentaries. The team will depart for Kathmandu on 23rd March and return to the UK on 7th June.
Mount Makalu is comparable with K2 in technical difficulty and considered a harder climb than the SW Ridge of Everest.
"More people have stood on the moon than have reached the summit of Makalu via the treacherous and rarely climbed SE Ridge," says Lt Cdr Paul Hart, who will be responsible for filming and photography during the ascent. "If we are successful, we will be the first British team to do it."
VISLINK is providing a complete RF system for the video link between the ascent team and base camp. The communications equipment comprises two LINK XPu wireless camera systems, complete with transmitter, antennas and receivers, the two cameras are a Sony Go-Pro and a compact Bullet camera, which will be attached to a helmet "helmet-cam" for the final stage of the ascent to the summit. The team will use these to create video footage and a video blog of the climb.
The Communications Officer for the Makalu 2010 expedition, Surgeon Lt Simon Hornby will remain at Base Camp and talk to the climbers by radio, and record their experiences of the climb for the expedition blog and website. From Base Camp, the expedition will use a high powered satellite phone and Livewire services over BGAN to send video back to the MOD and BFPO TV.
"VISLINK has been the technical authority in all aspects of planning for the successful delivery of video footage off the mountain. VISLINK's equipment will allow us to relay live footage back to the base camp from helmet cameras. When the video has been received at the base camp, the base camp team will edit the footage and send back video diaries to the UK via satellite using the Livewire M-Link media streaming service," explains Lt Cdr Paul Hart.
"VISLINK provides secure communications for some of the toughest working conditions on earth," says Duncan Lewis, VISLINK's CEO."Whether it is used in News & Entertainment, Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Marine and Energy or the related Services markets, we design equipment to provide reliable commuications links that are rugged, and easy to use with outstanding performance, backed-up with exceptional application engineering expertise and techincal support."
Expedition website: www.makalu2010.co.uk