Hi EverestNews.com, Everything
is going well. It seems like a fairly average season up until now. Our Sherpas
fixed over the yellow band a few days ago, since then they have been down here
resting. Our team have been up to camp 3. It's very windy today, the weather
has been in a pattern of sunny mornings, precipitation in the afternoons, so
we're waiting for it to settle down a bit. Best Wishes, Sue
Henry Todd is returning to Mt Everest again in Spring 2005 to
Himalayan Guides 2005 Everest Expedition.
Sue (Harper) Todd, who summited last year, will assist but not stay and
attempt the summit this year...
Rob Milne is
one of his climbers, more to follow..
support helps Everest climber's bid to join elite
technology that enables climbers and explorers to plan expeditions more
effectively – and could even help to save lives – will be ‘road tested’ by a
Scottish-based mountaineer on Everest this spring. Computer technology being
developed at the University of Edinburgh will allow climber Rob Milne to
respond rapidly to changing conditions and inform family and friends back home
of his progress and any alterations to his plans. Dr Milne, a leading software
engineer and entrepreneur, hopes to climb Everest in May and so join the elite
group of mountaineers to have climbed the highest peak on each of the seven
who has already climbed Carstensz Pyramid (Oceania) Vinson Massif
(Antarctica), Elbrus (Europe), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Denali (North America)
and Aconcagua (South America), will be the first mountaineer to use the IM-PACs
(intelligent messaging, planning and collaboration) system. The technology,
developed at the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute in the
University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, has been designed to provide
computer support to people and teams performing a range of tasks – not just
expedition teams operating in extreme conditions, but also key personnel
involved in planning and rescue services responding rapidly to emergencies.
IM-PACs’ foundations in artificial intelligence planning technologies supply a
framework that encourages a methodological approach to any task and allows
users to transmit and respond to information in ways that can adapt to the
circumstances the expedition team finds itself in.
ascent, Dr. Milne will be in regular contact with colleagues in base camp who
will monitor his progress against his ascent plan. A laptop computer and
satellite phone will allow details of his current status and progress to be
sent over the internet to a support team in Edinburgh. Were conditions to
deteriorate significantly at any time, the IM-PACs technology could be invoked
to suggest alternative courses of action. Should conditions deteriorate still
further, IM-PACs could be used to widen the scope to review the expedition’s
objectives and consider other capabilities and options, such as the
availability of rescue services, and set about marshalling these to achieve
the revised objectives.
Milne: “On an expedition like this, it is vital to keep track of where you
are, what you are trying to do and the contingency options when your brain is
barely able to function because of the lack of oxygen. Giving the IM-PACs
software an ultimate field test will not only help pioneer the way for remote
support, but also provide feedback to my friends and family as to how I am
progressing. That lets me relax and concentrate on a safe ascent. This is an
ideal combination of leading edge technology to assist with one of the
greatest physical challenges on the planet.”
Austin Tate, Technical Director of AIAI, said: “Any attempt on Everest
requires a lot of coordination and planning before, during and after the
expedition. This makes such ‘extreme’ expeditions good examples of the kind of
thing we wish to support with IM-PACs and AI planning technology. Supporting
Rob Milne in his final milestone for his personal ‘continent tops’ challenge
is a great opportunity to showcase what could be achieved in such missions.
Our aim is to provide technology for more effective collaboration in extreme
and emergency situations.”
funded by Scottish Enterprise, the European Research Development Fund (ERDF)
and the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
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