I’m a New Zealander, and one thing that New Zealand as a country is proud of is that one of our own, a simple farmer, was the first to top the infamous Mount Everest. Not only that, the legacy that Sir Edmund Hilary left in Nepal is one that New Zealand holds up high. Not one to be sucked in by the fame after the historic ascent, Sir Ed instead chose a life that was heavily involved with the Nepalese people, in particular the Sherpa people. One Sherpa who was with Hilary on his climb, Tenzing Norgay, helped to make his peoples name known across the world, but today the Sherpas a still famed for their ability to guide adventurers skillfully up the worlds tallest mountain.
Mount Everest in 3D is a site that commemorates the loss of 13 Sherpas in an avalanche on April 18 this year. Disturbingly, I’d missed the disastrous event and am glad that this website raised my awareness of it. As the most deadly event on the slopes of everest, the site aims to educate and raise finances for the families of those killed. As an interactive site it works brilliantly. I’m guessing that few of us will ever have the opportunity to see, let alone climb this monumental mountain. This site allows you to traverse the deadly terrain easily and gives a real indication to the scale and scope of such a climb. The smooth journey at first makes it look quite achievable, but once you really start to climb you get a first hand view of the shear slant that this thing rises up on. It’s scary stuff. Once at the top a full 360 degree view is at the ready allowing you to turn and view at your own pace.
A very simple idea but incredibly well constructed with the ability to learn and possibly do a little good on the way. This one’s worth your time. For 3 minutes of adventure and discovery, click here: