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Everest South Col Panorama

In 2009, our Eddie Bauer Return to Everest team had a day to kill at the South Col on Everest before heading to the summit.

I’m not always good at just sitting in the tent, so my tentmate, John Griber, and I went for a bit of a walkabout to the eastern rim of the Col, looking for old artifacts and gazing at the stupendous view eastward toward Makalu, Chomolhunzo, and Kangchenjunga. Looking around, I figured it was a great spot to shoot a big panorama, so set up my tripod and pano rig and shot away.

The result is the fun pano below – a high res, interactive view of the landscape near the top of the world.

The prominent feature on the left is the Southeast Ridge of Everest (you can see tracks of the climbing route if you look closely), then far down in the middle is the Kangshung Glacier heading east. Kangchenjunga – the world’s third highest peallk – is just visible on the distant horizon, and the right side of the panorama shows Makalu, Chomolhunzo, and Lhotse.

A nice day in a great place…enjoy!

About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

  1. Colin Wallace
    Colin WallaceJanuary 30,15

    Stunning photograph Jake! Where were you standing in location to the tents? I thought it was known that the South Col was a rubbish tip.

    • Jake Norton
      Jake NortonJanuary 30,15

      Thanks, Colin! The Col isn’t nearly as bad as it once was, but still could use some cleanup. But, I took this shot probably about 1/2 mile or so to the east of the main camp area, near the edge of the Kangshung Face. Not many venture over there, but it’s well worth the effort and a fun place to hang out!

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