Introduction

<p>Rockall Island is little more than a desolate outcropping of rock in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.</p> <p>Very few people have managed to get on it, much less stay there for any length of time. British adventurer Nick Hancock thinks it's high time someone did something about that.</p> <p> In 2012, Hancock sent the first Tweet and Facebook update from Rockall. Now he's preparing for Rockall Solo, a 60-day stay on the rock to raise money for the charity Help For Heroes.</p> <p> Though he's busy preparing for his record-breaking trip, Hancock took some time to chat with TechNewsDaily about the gadgets he's bringing with him to Rockall.</p>

The RockPod

<p>The RockPod is a water tank that Hancock has modified to be the shelter in which he'll be staying through the course of his 60-day stay.</p> <p> Hancock fitted some ventilation and steel fixings that will help tether it to Rockall's surface, and insulated the inside with spray-on foam.</p>

Portable Winch

<p>This powerful mechanical pulley is how Hancock is going to get his half-ton of gear and supplies up Rockall's face.</p> <p>The winch itself weighs about 9 kilograms (20 pounds) and its petrol-powered motor can lift up to 2.5 tons up Rockall's steep cliffs.</p>

BGAN satellite phone

<p>This Broadband Global Area network (BGAN) phone gets its connection from orbiting satellites instead of ground-based cell towers, which makes it far more portable.</p> <p>Hancock will use this phone to text a friend who will be monitoring him from shore, as well as to tweet and send updates.</p> <p>The phone is so important that Hancock will bring a spare as well, in case the first is damaged.</p>

Portable Wind Turbine

<p>The winch runs on petrol and the camping stove runs on petroleum gas, but a portable wind turbine will generate the electricity to power Hancock's other gadgets.</p> <p>On the top of this exposed, rocky island, wind power is definitely one thing that Hancock will not be lacking.</p>

Panasonic Toughbook

<p>The laptop Hancock's bringing to Rockall is one of the most durable on the market.</p> <p>It'll connect to the internet via an Immarsat Explorer 700 BGAN, and Hancock will use it to Tweet and blog, as well as read ebooks and listen to music. </p>

Camping Stove

<p>Hancock plans to eat mostly cold food such as army rations while on Rockall, but he is bringing a camping stove and five liters of liquid petroleum gas to power it.</p> <p>"I'll probably have enough gas to pour a couple of warm drinks a day," said Hancock.</p>

Manual Desalinator

<p>Hancock is bringing approximately 150 liters of clean drinking water with him to Rockall, but just in case he needs more he'll have a water purification device powered by a hand pump that can make seawater drinkable.</p> <p>Actually reaching the water from Rockall's top is another challenge, but Hancock has an even simpler solution: a bucket and rope.</p>

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