Interactive Panorama of Everest from the South Col
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.