When I think of Alaska, I think of cold and rugged. Mt McKinley is the tallest mountain in the USA. While MP3’s don’t come to mind, a player did make the journey to the summit. How’s that for durability testing?
In a sport that requires 60-pound backpacks, climbers need to be highly selective in the gear they take. For Mousseau’s 14-day odyssey last month to the 20,320-foot summit of the mountain, he brought the SanDisk 512-megabyte (MB)* player, which weighs just over 1 ounce, and three AAA batteries. Now, based on reactions from his teammates, the solid-state, flash-based player is likely to become standard equipment for their future climbs.
Who knew that an MP3 player would become standard climbing gear?