PHOTO: Mount Everest, in 3.8 billion pixels


(Click to see the panoramic image of the Himalaya in gigapixel navigation) 

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.

The photo is part of a broader project called GlacierWorks by the mountaineer Breashears, who made the much-acclaimed IMAX documentary “Everest.”

Written By: Anup Kaphle
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  1. Amazing. It is my dream to go there one day, if only to Base Camp, I’m no great climber.  but like most dreams, mine anyway, it will probably remain unfulfilled…In the meantime, my heart beats faster as I zoom in – what a joy.

  2. Wow Katy, That’s incredible. Look what I found when zooming in on the North Face.

  3. And look what I found near the summit, along with the faint sound of a cultured Oxbridge voice imitating a Bronx accent asking ‘By any chance are you addressing me? Are you speaking to me, sir?  I fail to observe  anyone  else nearby and you don’t exist, so you’re probably not talking to me.’

  4. …glaciers are being affected by climate change

    Glacier National Park (n. america) has always sounded like a neat place to visit; unfortunately, many glaciers are melting-the name may soon refer to past glacier features only 🙁

  5. The zooming in is something else. You can clearly see the strata, beautifully, on the face below the summit. Excellent stuff. 

    Seeing stuff like this in detail speaks volumes about the plate tectonic processes and accompanying orogenesis that gave rise to these mountains.

    But no doubt the cretinists will say that it points to an “awesome god”, and his “Flood”

    Would like to see this sort of panorama for other mountains. Eiger North wall and Matterhorn would be 2 good ones!


  6. Not too long now before sight-seeing via virtual reality becomes better than the real thing.

  7. I can’t seem to pan or zoom, which makes it just another photo. Is this a PC/Mac issue?

  8. wonderful!
    I’m on the chapter about Mallory on Everest in Robert Macfarlane’s brilliant “Mountains of the Mind”, so this is very timely especially since the few shots in the book of Mt E. are low res b+w. 

  9.  The claim is that Noah came to rest on Mount Ararat which has an elevation of 12,782 ft. Both North and South base camps are above that elevation (16,900 and 17,598 ft). If Noah did come to rest on Ararat while the flood was at its peak it could not have reached those altitudes shown in the image and created the strata. Of course, if the flood subsided prior to his coming to rest on the mount, then this argument sucks.

  10. Yes, although the landscape in this photo (the south side, showing the route from Nepal) would have been totally unknown to Mallory and his companions, or indeed to any climbers before Eric Shipton’s reconnaissance of the Nepalese approaches in 1951. The three expeditions Mallory took part in were all from the north, Tibetan side.

  11.  You obviously know your mountaineering but for someone like me who doesn’t and who’d never read anything about Mallory before, the sheer zooming detail in the image added great visual heft to the story, minus the monster blizzards of course. Just finished the Mallory chapter last night. The image (in Macfarlane’s words) of his stripped, white, petrified corpse lying face down at 27 000 feet, 75 years on, will remain for a long time.

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