Gavin Bate, an Irish mountain climber, is climbing Mount Everest and recording his ascent to the world’s highest peak via Twitter. Bate, who is climbing for his charity Moving Mountains, has been climbing Mount Everest for the past 37 days and has been tweeting updates, his coordinates, and links to his podcast from his climb. He’s also been posting updates to his blog.
It’s pretty amazing that Bate has managed to Tweet up there with the thin air and thick gloves. In his blog post, Bates writes that he’s had help breathing via bottled oxygen and he’s planning to take his laptop with him to Tweet for the summit. He also has been carrying an assortment of gadgets with him to connect him to the rest of the world, including a solar panel, video camera, telephone, laptop, satellite dish, camera, and a satellite tracking device.
Bate, an experienced climber, has tried climbing Mount Everest 4 times before and has yet to reach the summit. He’s been using a satellite phone to Tweet and call in his podcasts. Bates’ most recent Tweet included his GPS location on the his ascent to Everest’s summit. He’s expected to reach within the next 24 hours.
Bate has also been selling Tweets from the top of Mount Everest on Ebay for charity. The offer was taken up by one of Bate’s sponsers, Woolworths, though it’s not clear how much the company is paying for the Tweet from the top of the world. Bates was looking to receive a bid as high as $13,500, according to the Ebay auction page. All charity proceeds from Bate’s climb will go to funding development in Nepal and Kenya.