Lorenzo Gariano who runs Botany Bottle and looks after the plants at the Open University's Knowledge Media Institute, will be climbing the Matterhorn and sending live audio reports and just-in-time photos using a Nokia 7650 GPRS phone/camera. All this is part of Lorenzo's fitness-building for his Seven Summits activities: climbing the highest peak on each continent (read more about Lorenzo's Seven Summits quest).
UPDATE: Lorenzo and Scott reached the summit at approximately 10:30 local time and sent us an audio message!
The climb was brought forward a day due to a poor weather forecast for Friday.
Matterhorn Live WebCast Thursday 22nd August 2002 at approx 0300-1800 GMT (weather permitting)
On 22nd August 2002, Lorenzo Gariano and Scott Woolums will be submitting live audio reports and just-in-time photos from the Matterhorn using the world's lightest audio/graphic live webcasting equipment. Back at 'mission control' in KMi's Centre for New Media, Macromedia Flash MX will be used to display Lorenzo's latest position on an interactive map providing links to the latest pictures. The new Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX will handle the live streaming audio and a live chat room through which the webcast audience can pose questions to Lorenzo and Scott. An automated system will enable us to continue presenting even during anti-social hours- critical for Lorenzo and Scott's pre-dawn start!