Newsroom

Climber makes first live Everest summit video call

Charity climber Daniel Hughes has made history with the first live video call from the top of the world’s highest mountain.

The Inmarsat-sponsored climber was interviewed live by the BBC at the summit 8,848 metres (29,028.9 feet) above sea level.

"This is a very special day indeed – it's the first ever live video call from the roof of the world," said Daniel.

Proud moment
"I don’t have a cameraman with me. It's just me, an HTC smartphone and an Inmarsat BGAN terminal.

"It's a very proud moment to be here – it's been two and a half years in the making," he said, referring to his preparations for the trip.

Daniel, who aims to raise £1 million (US$1.6 million) for UK charity Comic Relief, is now making the dangerous descent down the mountain.

Charity donations
You can follow his progress via Twitter, YouTube, and on his Everest Million website.

The climber, who works as a commercial airline pilot, was inspired to raise money for charity after seeing widespread child poverty on a trip to Bolivia.

He aims to raise £1 million (for UK charity Comic Relief - which engages in life-enhancing projects around the globe.

Daniel can receive donations in the UK via SMS (text Nose70 £1 to 70070) or his website www.everestmillion.com

Inmarsat sponsors Everest Million: www.inmarsat.com/corporate/sponsorship