Panorama of Mount Everest from the South Col, 26,000 feet

Interactive Panorama of Everest from the South Col

Panorama of Mount Everest from the South Col, 26,000 feet

Panorama of Mount Everest from the South Col, 26,000 feet

On Monday, I posted a huge panorama I took in 2012 of Mount Everest from Pumori Camp 1. And, I promised I’d in turn post another one, less-often seen, from the South Col.

So, here it is. This panorama was shot by me on May 18, 2009, at the South Col, 26,000 feet, on Mount Everest. Our expedition – the Eddie Bauer “Return to Everest” Expedition – was at the Col waiting for a good summit day, and we (Ed Viesturs, Peter Whittaker, Jon Griber, Gerry Moffat, and I) were on hold. I’m not too good at sitting in a tent doing nothing all day, so decided to explore the terrain of the South Col a bit, look for artifacts, and shoot some panoramas.

As part of my shooting on that expedition, I was capturing high-resolution, gigapixel HDR panoramas for a potential Disney project on Everest. Sadly, the summit panorama did not come to fruition, but this one did. For those of you who have been there, it’ll be a familiar view; and, for those who have not been to the South Col, now you can get a feel for the enormity and beauty of that ethereal landscape.


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  1. Colin Wallace
    Colin WallaceMarch 5,14

    Hi Jake

    I love the photograph, just stunning, then, most of your photographs are! The quality is awesome, so life like.

    Can I ask what camera you used?


  2. Jake Norton
    Jake NortonMarch 6,14

    Hi Colin,

    Glad you liked the image, and thanks for your kind words!

    On that expedition, I was shooting most of my still images on a Nikon D700. But, for the HDR panoramas, I brought a Nikon D3X to shoot with for its higher resolution (which was top of its game at the time). Also of course had a tripod and special panoramic head to use as well.

    Thanks, Colin. I hope you’re well!


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