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In connection with the lastest situation in Nepal the FIBARO Mt. Everest Challenge fulfilling by Mariusz Małkowski has ended.

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We’d like to inform that Mariusz Malkowski is now at home in New Jersey in the United States. His journey home took about 30 hrs. He still can’t believe that a few days ago he was covered in snow and now he’s sitting in his own living room. Mariusz is feeling well, he is healthy and didn’t get hurt during the earthquake and the avalanches on Mount Everest, however he needs to get rest and recover from these tremendous experiences. He is now staying at home to fully enjoy the time with his family.

How you can help Nepal earthquake victims?

The situation in Nepal is very bad. People are scared to sleep, they need clean drinking water, food and medicine. Hospitals are overcrowded, doctors are strugling to treat the injured. There are thousands who require humanitarian assistance – you can help – donate some money:

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Control your home
from the top of the world

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About mountaineer

Mariusz was born in northeast Poland, where he learned that extreme weather conditions make him thrive.

This is how his love for mountains has begun. Today he lives with his family in New Jersey and works as Business Development and Technical Services Manager for the home automation industry. As he says, he lives and breathes Z-Wave, but he still finds the time to follow other passions. After work, when not climbing, Mariusz takes part in mountain bike races. His both private and professional life are a constant search for new challenges.

During last 20 years, Mariusz managed to summit many world-class mountains, including Aconcagua, Ama Dablam, Denali and eight-thousander – Cho Oyu. Himalayan expeditions were not only a chance to test his own capabilities as a climber, but also to prove that Z-Wave is the best protocol for home automation.

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  • ama dablam
    Ama Dablam
    6.812m / 22.349 ft
  • ocho oyu
    Cho Oyu
    8.201m / 26.906 ft
  • ama dablam
    Everest
    8.848m / 29.029 ft

So far Mariusz participated in two Z-Wave expeditions. First was Ama Dablam, which turned out to be a great success. The goal of the second was Cho Oyu. Despite health problems and harsh weather, Mariusz

performed live demo of Z-Wave products, operating devices on the CEDIA 2013 from almost 8000 m. The choice of next goal was obvious - this year Mariusz plans to climb Mt Everest.

So far Mariusz participated in two Z-Wave expeditions. First was Ama Dablam, which turned out to be a great success. The goal of the second was Cho Oyu. Despite health problems and harsh weather, Mariusz performed live demo of Z-Wave products, operating devices on the CEDIA 2013 from almost 8000 m. The choice of next goal was obvious - this year Mariusz plans to climb Mt Everest.

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Control your home
from the top of the world

This year Mariusz decided to show that FIBARO Z-Wave devices work even in most extreme conditions. In May, during ascent, he will control his home from Mt Everest. The expedition is a great chance to prove that FIBARO System allows you to stay in touch with your loved ones and take care of them, even from the farthest place.

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Worlds most dangerous airport
Lukla / Tenzing - Hillary Airport

Lukla is believed to be the most dangerous airport in the world. It does not have any radar or navigation devices, the runway is only 460 m (1,500 ft ) with a gradient of 12% and it ends with the cliff edge.

2800m | 9100ft

Airport height location

600m | 1968ft

Precipice after airstrip

460m | 1500ft

Airstrip length

20m | 65ft

Airstrip width

Acclimatization
Elevation and available oxygen

Atmospheric pressure falls as altitude increases, what leads to the reduced amount of oxygen in the blood. The body of the climber adapts to the new environment by faster breath and increased production of red blood cells.

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Relative O2

Full acclimatization, however, requires days or even weeks. This is why it is very important to ascend slowly and, if possible, return to a lower place to sleep.

The altitude above 8 000 meters is called the death zone. The amount of oxygen available to the climber is insufficient to sustain human life and the body does not regenerate.

Physical Challenges on Everest
Disease and inconvenience in deadth zone

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High Altitude Cerebral Edema

Life threatening medical condition in which the brain swells with fluid. The symptoms include: severe headache, vomiting, lethargy, confusion, drowsiness and ultimately coma.

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High Altitude
Pulmonary Edema

Medical condition in which the fluid accumulates in the lungs, preventing proper transport of oxygen to the bloodstream. It is a major cause of deaths related to high-altitude exposure.

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Nausea

High altitudes may lead to loss of appetite and poor digestion. It can be very dangerous, when the body needs around 6000 calories a day.

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Extreme cold

Summit temperature usually fluctuates between -20ºC and -35ºC. Core of the body is protected by a specialist gear, but climbers can still frostbite their faces, hands and feet.

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Physical exertion

Changes in metabolism and fluid balance lead to dehydration, malnourishment and muscle wasting. This is why proper physical preparation is so important.

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Exhaustion

Less oxygen available to the working muscles means decreased exercise performance. Pace has to be adjusted – climbers walk slower at high altitude and take more breaks to avoid exhaustion.

About challenge
- milestones

The map below shows the milestones of the expedition.
Point the location to get additional information about Mt Everest camps.

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Everest Base Camp
5,364 m | 17,598 ft

Everest Base Camp is situated on the north of Khumbu glacier. It is a busy place, where you can see the tents of climbers from all around the world. People here use the latest tech gear but wash their clothes in frozen lakes and wash their teeth with the frozen toothpaste.

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Camp 1
6,400 m | 20,000 ft

It is situated above the icefall, in a flat area of endless snow. To get there, the climber has to cross many deep crevasses using aluminium ladders. The silence around is disturbed only by frequent avalanches and cracking sounds of crevasses, opening and closing deep down in the glacier. Mariusz will cross this place many times, moving up and down the mountain.

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Camp 2
6,750 m | 21,000 ft

The route leads through the Valley of Silence, which is sheltered from the wind. It is a gently rising glacial valley, with huge lateral crevasses in the center. Surprisingly, one of the biggest challenges here is the intense sunlight, which at such an altitude can make it uncomfortably hot. Camp 2, established at the foot of icy Lhotse Wall, is a last place to prepare a decent meal.

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Camp 3
7,100 m | 22,300 ft

Camp 3 is situated on the small ledge. Climbers ascent here using fixed ropes, which are shared by different teams, what sometimes leads to the queues. Usually at this altitude people start to use the oxygen, but Mariusz decided to climb without supplemental oxygen, or high altitude porters.

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Camp 4
8,400 m | 26,000 ft

Last camp on the way to the top is located about 500m from the summit. It is situated within the death zone, so it is almost impossible to sleep. People here don’t talk much and need to rest after simple activities. Every step becomes extremely challenging for the human body.

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Summit

It is only 500 meters from camp 4, but it usually takes 10-12 hours to get to the top. At such an altitude every step requires few breaths. The summit push usually starts around midnight, to have enough time to get back to the Camp 2 or 3, situated below the death zone, where it is possible to rest. Getting down safely is at least as dangerous as getting up.

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28 April 2015

The FIBARO Mt. Everest Challenge has ended.

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In connection with a dramatical situation in Nepal and on Mount Everest itself, we'd like to inform that the FIBARO Mt. Everest Challenge has ended. Mariusz  didn't get hurt during the earthquakes and avalanches but seeing other people trapped under the snow triggered him to give help and save other lives. Soon Mariusz will share with us more information on what's happened on the mountain, what he felt when the avalanche came and how many people he saved up there. We'd like to thank you very much for supporting Mariusz during his advendures on Mount Everest. ...

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