Skip to comments.Everest at Two Billion Pixels
Posted on 12/18/2012 5:21:48 PM PST by mkmensinger
"According to NPR, the image is the result of a project by David Breashears, who has already climbed the highest mountain in the world five times. He used old images of Everest and its glaciers and combined them with new ones."
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that is extremely cool. Thanks for the link^^
That is cool. Did you see all of the tents along the lefthand side of the large glacier? There must be hundreds of climbers staging there.
Boring. Now show us all the windows of the WH in gigapixel realtime.
Especially cool is the abominable snowman waving at the camera!
thanks lots for this link. going to share. that pic is AWESOME.
That....would be the yeti, in local terms, natch.
Which peak is Everest?
great pick. I thought those tents were trash or air canisters
Actually there aren't, look closely at the entire panorama and you will only see a few people.
Most of that stuff has been left behind by previous climbers. Everest has become a literal junk yard and there have been several excursions up there by groups who have been attempting to clean it up.......
Want to climb Everest yourself? There are now dozens of outfitters available to take you up the established "tourist" route which has become the destination of choice for thrill seekers who have the $30K to spend..........
Don't know how to climb? You can sign up for a special package that will give you an additional few days of instruction before your group heads up.
This isn't Sir Edmund Hillary's Everest any more........
Some 30 years ago, a friend of mine and his wife joined one of those groups going to climb Mt. Everest. The lady was feeling bad and stayed at the base camp while the rest of the group went all the way to the summit. Upon returning, they found out that she had died! They buried here right there, at the base camp. I find it extremely sad to see the area converted into a giant garbage dump.
Everest is on the left side in the back. About 12 years ago I was on a climbing trip to attempt Cho Oyu which is the 6th highest peak and about 20 miles west of Everest. Mant of our climbers got a cold before base camp and I caught it right before moving from base camp at around 16,000 ft to high camp at around 18,500 ft. It turned into pneumonia and I had to go down.
The highest peak I have summited is Cerro Aconcagua in the Argentina Andes by the Polish Glacier route which is probably the second hardest route after the south face route. Aconcagua is just under 23,000 ft and the difficulty near the top was about 4 breaths for every step (no oxygen) and around minus 15F at the warmest time of the day. The climb took 21 days total in and out and the summit day started at 3 a.m. from high camp at 19,500 ft and we summited at 4:00 p.m. and back down to high camp at around 11:00 p.m. I lost 25 pounds, 175 to 150 in three weeks. During the short climbing window (maybe 8 weeks) in the south american summer there were around 7 fatalities on Aconcagua that year. Many were for inproper altitude acclimation. We hauled gear into base camp at 14,000 ft using hired mules, but then did two load carries (about 75 lbs each) to 16, 500 ft and then 19,500 ft camps with a rest day between each carry day. Got pinned in tents by high (over 80mph wind and minus 25F weather.
After Cho Oyu I wouls never try Everest. Two Sherpas on a S. Korean expedition were ahead of us on Cho Oyu and were fixing ropes when they were blown off the mountain when a storm came up with estimated 150mph wind. They were never found.
Did you see the one lone guy on the ridge? Left of the summit on a snow field?
I counted at least thirty people out and about the encampment area. I atarted at the top left and didn’t get even 1/3 of the way before I stopped counting.
I’m sure you’re right that plenty of what we see is abandoned gear, but that is a massive tent city and there are plenty of people up and about.
Any experience with the Puna? The friend that I wrote about in post #13 decided to summit Cerro Aconcagua a couple of years after the events I described. He fell prey to the Puna, wandered around for several days (it's been a long time, I don't remember) and was finally found by some locals. He had suffered frostbite to the tip of his nose, when I met him in Madrid several months later it was black, and it eventually had to be removed.
Missed that the first time. You can see dozens and dozens of people milling about.
I am a bit of an Everest nut so this is a playground for me :-)
I have no doubt there is plent of garbage left behind on everest, but did you zoom all the way in on the encampment? The resolution is amazing, and there are people. Maybe not “hundreds”, but probably at least 75. And that’s just the ones standing outside the tents.
Are you able to use the controls (I think they are Java.) If not, load the latest version of Java and check it out. You’re not going to be able to pick out a friend, but if his tent has a Canadian flag on it, I saw it. When I zoom in, the people are not quite a half inch tall on my 22” monitor - big enough to tell they are people and to tell if they are standing, sitting, or kneeling.
I could save about 5-7 of those picture files on my laptop... and nothing else.
At first glance I thought those tents were pieces of trash. Amazing photo.