Expedition Team Climbs Third Highest Peak in Africa Relying On Kestrel Pocket Meter

The SOLIO 2008 Mount Stanley Expedition team is en route to scale the third highest peak in Africa. The team is relying on the Kestrel Pocket Weather Tracker to monitor potentially dangerous environmental conditions at peak elevations reaching almost 17,000 feet.

The SOLIO 2008 Mount Stanley Expedition team is en route to scale the third highest peak in Africa. The team is relying on the Kestrel Pocket Weather Tracker to monitor potentially dangerous environmental conditions at peak elevations reaching almost 17,000 feet. Their guiding instrument on this journey, the Kestrel 4500 Pocket Weather Tracker, is as small as a cell phone yet has monitoring and tracking capabilities large enough to take on this cross-continental challenge.

Kestrel Pocket Weather tracker is of particular use for the SOLIO 2008 Mount Stanley team as they record data for present use and later research. The Expedition team will study the impact of climate change on the Rwenzori glaciers and the effects on the surrounding community. The glaciers are predicted to disappear within twenty years.
The Kestrel 4500 is more than just a weather meter for checking current conditions, it's a tracking device that can log environmental data for extended periods of time. The 2000-data point log is customizable, allowing users to determine automatic storage intervals as well as store information manually with a single button press. Once programmed, the unit “wakes up” at the programmed interval to measure and store all the readings. The data can then be reviewed in graphical form with a scrolling cursor that tells the date, time and value for each reading. It can also be uploaded to a computer using the optional Kestrel Interface.

The Kestrel 4500 features a digital compass, adding heading, wind direction, headwind, tailwind and crosswind readings to its list of features. The 3.6 ounce instrument measures: wind speed, wind direction, crosswind, headwind/tailwind, temperature, wind chill, relative humidity, dewpoint, heat stress index, barometric pressure, altitude, density altitude and wet bulb temperature.

“With an integrated digital compass that can measure the wind speed and direction, Kestrel can offer a single unit that measures every environmental condition, and the vast logging capabilities allow users to store weeks, months, or even years' worth of data.” says Sales Manager Katie Horn.

To compliment the data storage capabilities of the 4500, the expedition team will use the custom Kestrel Portable Vane Mount, which allows users to set their 4500 up on location to log data. The lightweight vane mount, ideal for this expedition's long distance carrying, swivels on a precision pivot, allowing it to turn in the slightest of breezes and ensures that the Kestrel will always be pointed into the wind. It assembles in seconds, and the cup bracket features a level, designed to help set up the Kestrel correctly for accurate compass readings.

Lead explorer Julian Monroe Fisher F.R.G.S. and his team plan to donate portable solar battery chargers and additional support equipment to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, the Rwenzori Mountaineering Services and to other support agencies. The team departed from Austria on this past Saturday, July 5 and is expected to conclude in early August 2008.Their ultimate destination is Mount Stanley's Margherita Peak, the highest peak in Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains. The Rwenzori Mountains, historically known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon', are located on the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Additional features that set the Kestrel 4500 Pocket Weather Tracker apart from other weather instruments available today are:
•Full portability- the Kestrel 4500 measures 2 x 5 inches and 3.6 ounces. The Portable Vane Mount packs into a carry case that is 7.5 x 2.75 x 2.5 inches and 5 ounces.
•Individual NIST calibration and guaranteed accuracy specifications that ensure precise and reliable readings on every single Kestrel manufactured.
•Patented, fast-response humidity sensor that yields ±3% accuracy, and offers greater stability in extreme, low humidity conditions.
•Patented user-replaceable impeller, in case of damage or wear.
•Optional computer interface allows users to upload the stored data for in-depth analysis and long-term storage.
•Clock and calendar to give day, date and time of every reading.
•Rugged, durable construction that is completely waterproof and floats.
•A large, backlit display that allows easy use in any conditions, day or night.
•Multiple language capabilities- English, Spanish, French, German, Italian.
•Operates on two AAA batteries for at least 400 hours (included).
•Made in the USA with a 30-day money back guarantee and a 2-year warranty.

The Kestrel 4500 is available in a yellow-colored case (MSRP $399) or in the NV configuration with olive drab case and tactical red backlight (MSRP $419). The Kestrel Portable Vane Mount comes with a padded nylon carry case that also fits a Kestrel 4500. (MSRP $59).

Nielsen-Kellerman's Kestrel Weather division has been researching, developing and manufacturing technically advanced portable weather instruments since 1995 and owns multiple patents on their unique features. Kestrel Pocket Weather Meters are employed by thousands of users in hundreds of different activities around the world. For over twenty-five years, Nielsen-Kellerman has been known worldwide for its waterproof speed measurement, timing and audio systems for competitive rowers. Virtually every shell at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games will carry NK equipment.

Websites of Interest:
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