17:05 14 July 2015
The Japanese government is installing a wifi connection at Mount Fuji so climbers can stay connected as they ascend and descend the mountain. Although the move has been mocked saying that people will just use it to post their celebratory Instagram snaps, experts say that it could play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of those who climb the mountain. They can use the connection to check for weather warnings or call for help even if they’re out of range of a phone connection.
The wifi will be available in a series of spots along the ascent and will be protected with a special password.
Aside from Mount Fuji, Mount Everest also has wifi and it was installed in 2010. Other unexpected places to have wifi are the North Pole (since 2005), an Israeli theme park called Kfar Keden, and the International Space Station.