Pentax has provided the Caudwell Xtreme Everest team with its latest
generation of waterproof compact digital W series cameras and digital
SLRs to store and transmit quality images with ease, no matter how
difficult the environment they find themselves in.
Caudwell Xtreme Everest will place a medical research team on the
summit of Mount Everest to take the first ever measurement of oxygen
levels in human blood at this altitude. Two hundred healthy volunteers
will be trekking to Everest base camp and undergoing a series of tests
on-route. The first of the volunteers began arriving at Kathmandu on
1st April and the research is aimed at improving the care of the
critically ill and other patients where hypoxia, a shortage of oxygen
in the body, is a fundamental problem. The recording of every detail is
therefore essential. The team not only require high quality equipment
to photograph the expedition, but it must also be able to withstand the
extreme weather conditions faced on Everest.
"Pentax's Optio W20s are waterproofed for up to 1.5 metres for
outdoor and underwater photography so are ideal for the extreme and
snowy conditions encountered during the ascent to Everest base camp,"
said Mac Mackenney, Caudwell Xtreme Everest Logistics Manager. "We
also require a camera that produces quality images and can be easily
carried around so as not to hinder us on our expedition. The Optio W20s
are slim and compact, so they can be simply slotted into our insulated
jacket pockets and quickly taken out to capture any moments that we
wish to document."
In addition, Pentax has also provided Caudwell Xtreme Everest with
digital SLRs that include its K100D for more advanced photography both
on the mountain and at its lab in London. The K100D includes an array
of advanced features including a Shake Reduction (SR) system, which
reduces the effect of camera shake that can occur in extremely cold
conditions, enabling the team to produce for sharp, blur-free images.
Pentax cameras were originally loaned to the Caudwell Xtreme Everest
team for their rehearsal expedition in August. The team flew to Cho
Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world, to put all the equipment
through its paces in weather and altitude conditions similar to those
that will be encountered on Everest. The Pentax Optio W series cameras
and digital SLRs proved very successful at withstanding the cold
conditions and provided the team with some great shots that have been
used in materials for medical volunteers and on its website. Pentax
cameras were also used to document the early stages of the research as
the trekkers were pushed to the limits at Caudwell Xtreme's laboratory
in Archway, North London.