The Call of the Mountain

by Rod Baber

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This moblog is about breaking the boundaries of communication by using a mobile anywhere, any time. And I’m taking it to the extreme…

My Mission

Sponsored by Motorola, I’m heading to the top of Mount Everest to make the world’s highest land-based mobile phone call and text. I’ll be posting the evidence here in the coming weeks. Watch this space!

Do you have pics or video from great heights? Email or MMS your images to: <everest@moblg.neti>>

My Mobile
I’m using Motorola’s new MOTORIZR Z8, a cool slider phone that shows and records video at 30 frames a second. It’s also got 4GB of memory so I can store loads of pics and videos of my family.

My Records
When I was 29, I secured the world record for climbing the highest point of every European country in 835 days. I also hold the world record for climbing more of the world's highest points than any other person.

In my day job, I’m managing director at Head 4 Heights, the UK’s fastest growing aerial adventure centre.

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I've set the world record for the highest-ever mobile phone call!!

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This is the call I made using my MOTO Z8 from 29,035 feet / 8848 meters
on the highest peak of Everest at 5.37am local time this morning.
Everyone is in good spirits and it's absolutely amazing up here being
surrounded by the Himalayas.
I'll post more soon when I get back to base camp. [I can't post this as
I'm on my way back down from the summit so I've asked a friend to send
this in]

posted by ssmajid

21st May 2007, 13:38  

Judo-Jule says:


21st May 2007, 13:41

goode says:


21st May 2007, 13:57

Matthew Gain says:

Congrats Rod!!!!!!!!

21st May 2007, 14:05

jc1000000 says:


"If you wanna be a record breaker..."

*does record breaker theme tune*

21st May 2007, 14:12

Puddlepuff says:


Did you bring a sled with you? Way faster!!

21st May 2007, 14:17

540air says:

Wow, that is fantastic, many "warm" congratulations!!!!

Can't help but chuckle to think what would have happened if you'd got up there and had no signal though. Wandering/balancing on the top of the mountain, stretching up trying to get better reception :D

21st May 2007, 14:53

afternoon says:

Awesome stuff! Nice one on posting the recording.

21st May 2007, 16:28

ladislav says:

Dude! That's fantastic. Congratulations to you and your team.

Puts my phone call from the top of Ben Nevis in perspective :-)

21st May 2007, 16:44

congratulations :-)

21st May 2007, 17:45

Rich says:

I thought I'd set that record the time I tried ringing for a pizza when I was off me nuts on acid.

Live and learn.

21st May 2007, 17:57

Helen says:


21st May 2007, 17:57

Rosie&Tal(talkhangura-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

Well Done Rod - look forward to seeing you when you're back.

Take care coming down ;)

21st May 2007, 21:58

Viv says:


21st May 2007, 23:36

weapher says:

wow! what an amazing feat. Congrats and stay safe. Now put the phone away and climb down!

22nd May 2007, 01:58

charlie says:

Well done you loon, only Odd is capable of a feat like this. Make sure you get back, there is a business plan to review!

22nd May 2007, 07:55

Guy says:

Nice going Plod, don't french kiss any yaks on the way down

22nd May 2007, 08:13

jamie t says:

your toes are cold? honestly, ughen up. well done - you are extraordinary!

22nd May 2007, 08:44

pete k says:

you are the man rod - we are all very very proud of you and can't wait to see you, just think of all of that tomatoe soup xxxx

22nd May 2007, 09:31

Mark A says:

Nimbee. You are truly king of ra. A fantastic acheivement. Stella is looking forward to your return.

22nd May 2007, 09:49

Richard(a-at-b-dot-com) says:

Well done my son!!!!
Remember to take a photo of yer nob out!!!

22nd May 2007, 09:52

Capt Spliff says:

Well done Plod. I knew you'd do it. I hope you have better medical care for your poor little toes and other ailments than on the last mountain!

22nd May 2007, 09:53

Ali & Tom says:

Well done Rod - as if we ever doubted you!!
Look forward to seeing you home soon, and watch your step!

22nd May 2007, 10:42

DB says:

Well Done Rod another record to your name,.

22nd May 2007, 10:45

Mozz(celmorrison-at-btinternet-dot-com) says:

Holy Cow, well done you. Haven't seen you for ages, and it's no wonder!
P.S. Odd with relish. x

22nd May 2007, 11:21

amiigo says:

great step rob! congratulations, safe climb down.

22nd May 2007, 13:15

Euphro says:

Congratulations, that is quite an achievement. Good luck on the way down.

22nd May 2007, 14:23

Tom Howard(info-at-worldrecordsacademy-dot-org) says:

We shall list your record within minutes.
World Records Academy

22nd May 2007, 15:51

Robin, Kate and Jasper says:

We are SO chuffed for you - what an achievement. Listening to your call had Kate in tears! Safe trip home...

22nd May 2007, 18:29

Gar Evans says:

Congratulations to you and your team, safe journey home!

22nd May 2007, 23:31

doug says:

Just another egotist looking for immortality. Do we really need to be making mobile calls from everest? Somethings should be sacred but inevitably we'll have cervix-cam to record the moment of sperm penetrating the egg so we'll have the earliest addition to the family fofo album. Why not free some child slaves in india instead of the this "i can climb more/better/faster than you" infantile ego masturbation.

23rd May 2007, 03:23

middleroad says:

Damn 'Doug'...

Perhaps you should make a phone call from your basement camp. You just might appreciate the outside world.

Congrats Rod!


23rd May 2007, 04:07

shatter says:

congrats man, that's one hell of a feat.

And as has been said already, be careful on the way down...

23rd May 2007, 04:27

Terry , Canada (trickey90-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

Congratulations Rod Best of luck !! Must look amazing from there !!

23rd May 2007, 04:43

arijit says:

greetings from India. congratulations on your success. thanks to Motorola too for their support.

23rd May 2007, 07:13

Roberto Pera says:

"Can you hear me now?" (that is a Verizon advetising)

23rd May 2007, 07:44

Barry(barrybailey-at-mtceurope-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

FANTASTIC news Rod!! ..>We're all immensely proud of you...been closely watching your progress. I guess it's now "Onwards, downwards and not sideways at all?!" :)
Safe Journey Rodders!
See you soon....
All at Mobile Team Challenge

23rd May 2007, 12:39

Ed Bigland(edbigland-at-yahoo-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

Well done Rod, massive achievement, onwards and upwards!

Going climbing with Guy tomorrow, see you back in the UK.


23rd May 2007, 12:54

Chris(everest-at-magician-dot-co-dot-uk) says:


And now the only places in the world you can't make a call are:
a) in a tube train
b) in flight (legally) and
c) Croydon! (oh, and a lot of hilly bits of countryside and down in the southwest, and Southwark!)

23rd May 2007, 13:50

Jim(jim-at-mbmagazine-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

Well done Rod!

Whilst you're up there try and order a pizza, there must be some sort of record to be created for Highest Takeout.

23rd May 2007, 15:32

Simon says:

Congratulations !! Does this qualify for the Guinness book of world records?

23rd May 2007, 17:08

chrisbahilango(cbahilango-at-flexicam-dot-com) says:


hows it like to dial up there on top of the world?


23rd May 2007, 18:53

aaditya agrawal(aaditya_ag2005-at-yahoo-dot-co-dot-in) says:

congrats man .! tht audio ws awesome.

23rd May 2007, 19:47

Tom Cruise says:

Ohhh m***** ***k...

congratulations my boy!!!

its very good!!!

23rd May 2007, 20:00

chand.shah121 says:

Mobiles are the Greatest invention around!!!

23rd May 2007, 21:16

malay(mkdas1980-at-indiatimes-dot-com) says:


24th May 2007, 11:13

Randolph says:

It would be nice to know how much did it cost to make this call, lol.


24th May 2007, 14:27

shrivel says:

nice one beevor, excellent achievement

i'd like some beers when you get back

24th May 2007, 18:56

Paulo(paulo-at-netvision-dot-com-dot-br) says:


24th May 2007, 19:08

The Relf family;Venetia,Rob,Hollie,Daisy & Hope says:

Dear Rod,
Congratulations on reaching your goal! It's excellent news! Have a safe journey down, we'll all be thinking of you!Love the pictures!;) u look dead gorge in them, as always!lots of love, Venetia, Rob, Hollie, Daisy and Baby Hope x

24th May 2007, 20:53

emma says:

well done - huge copngrats. i'll bet that was a delicious feeling up there on the top of the world.. ..... lucky u
& on the phone! lol

25th May 2007, 18:44

barney piercy says:

Amazing Rod!!!
Well done mate.
With Best Wishes
All the Piercy's

26th May 2007, 16:40

James Walker says:

Congratulations on an enormous feat, Sir! The elation you feel from this accomplishment is very well deserved. All the best to you.

15th Jun 2011, 05:30

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