The road trip to the top of the world is a thrilling and exciting adventure. Having the opportunity to bring along work class IT products to document and share our journey on the Dell-MCP Rugged Adventure Team Challenge is a privilege. We’re looking forward to sharing every step along the way with you here on Tech Page One and our blog GoMCPGov.
We’re excited to test the limits of our Dell E6420 rugged mobile devices and show that location is no longer a limiting factor when it comes to staying connected.
Our two man team comprised of myself and Ravi Narahari will start the adventure in San Francisco on August 17th and drive 7,000 miles to the Arctic Circle. The final aim is to reach the town of Deadhorse, Alaska, as fast as possible.
All are invited to participate by filling out an online form at www.goMCPGOV.com and taking an estimated guess on how long it will take this team to reach our final destination in Alaska. The entry closest to the actual time will receive a top of the line Dell Rugged tablet. The live time clock on our website and live stream will keep you up to date on our status throughout the adventure. Connect with us on Twitter @MCPGOV, LinkedIn, Facebook.
Background on our destination
Deadhorse is featured on the third through sixth seasons of “Ice Road Truckers”, a reality television series airing on the History Channel. The show, which dramatizes trucking on the Dalton Highway, often features truckers transporting equipment to the oil companies located in or around the Prudhoe Bay area. It is also the subject of the second episode of America’s Toughest Jobs and is featured in the first episode of the BBC’s World’s Most Dangerous Roads featuring Charley Boorman and Sue Perkins.
As the area is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 2, temperatures below −40 °F/°C can be expected during the height of winter.
- Longest day: 63 days, 23 hours, 40 minutes (12:09 a.m. on May 20 to 11:18 p.m. on July 22)
- Shortest day: 45 minutes (11:42 a.m. to 12:27 p.m. on November 24)
- Longest night: 54 days, 22 hours, 51 min (12:27 p.m. on November 24 to 11:18 a.m. on January 18)
- Shortest night: 26 minutes (11:43 p.m. on May 19 to 12:09 a.m. on May 20)
- Highest recorded temperature: 83 °F (28 °C) on June 21, 1991
- Lowest recorded temperature: −62 °F (−52 °C) on January 27, 1989
- Highest wind speed recorded: 95 knots (109 mph; 176 km/h) on February 25, 1989
- Official lowest wind chill: −102 °F (−74 °C) on 28 January 1989 (air temperature of −54 °F or −48 °C) and wind speed of 31 kn (36 mph; 57 km/h)
Rugged enough? Putting Dell notebooks to the test
- 1Rugged computer survives San Francisco-Alaska trek
- 2Billy Brown tests just how rugged Dell ATG is
- 3Stand by for a rugged service announcement