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(Washington Post)   Mount Everest, in two billion pixels. The peak of all Everest photos, if you will   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2012-12-18 11:15:44 PM  
I want to climb a mountain-not so I can get to the top-cause I want to hang out at base camp. That seems farkin' fun as shiat. You sleep in a colorful tent, you grow a beard, you drink hot chocolate, you walk around, 'Hey, you going to the top?' . . . . .'Soon.'
 
/hedberg
 
2012-12-18 11:16:39 PM  
Can someone post a diagram of the routes to the top?
 
That would be really helpful.
 
2012-12-18 11:16:52 PM  
Look at that snow covered mountain face at the very left of the picture. Anyone else suddenly get the urge to go skiing? Ignoring the fact that you would have to walk up there with your skis first and the lack of oxygen and everything else.
 
2012-12-18 11:17:00 PM  
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Disco Stu?
 
2012-12-18 11:30:12 PM  

socalnewwaver: Quasar: I just finished reading Into Thin Air so I'm getting a kick, or I would if I could feel my toes.
 
 
not the best book on mountaineering, or even on the '96 everest disaster. try "the climb" by anatoli boukreev. i like some of krakauer's work ("under the banner of heaven" was riveting), but "into thin air" is a hack job.


Um, yeah. Maybe first edition of Into Thin Air. The one I read had a pretty thorough and damning rebuttal of The Climb although most of the criticism was directed toward the co-author.

The beatdown in Three Cups Of Deceit was more kickass, although Krakauer makes it pretty damn explicitly clear in Into Thin Air how the climbing itself and the aftermath might have (/probably did in one notable instance) f--k up his perception of reality. I like authors who are that frank about their limitations but who then still do immense amounts of research work to counter them.

I do agree Under The Banner kicked ass.

/and seriously did no one make a Story Of Everest mention yet? Bah!
 
2012-12-18 11:36:54 PM  
Forbidding, aloof, terrifying. The mountain with the biggest tits in the world.
 
2012-12-18 11:39:18 PM  
What's the big deal? You just walk right up that valley. Pfffft...
 
2012-12-18 11:42:39 PM  
Cool.
 
2012-12-18 11:44:52 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Absolutely stunning. Great link, subby.

 
Blurry photos of galaxies a bazillion light years away? Meh. Now  thisis cool.
 
2012-12-18 11:50:58 PM  
Amazing picture but what I am wondering is if you look into the sky it looks stratified. Is this a limitation of digital cameras or is it just my computer?
 
2012-12-19 12:00:13 AM  

kibbled: Amazing picture but what I am wondering is if you look into the sky it looks stratified. Is this a limitation of digital cameras or is it just my computer?


Ya, it does. I think it may be a combination of a number of factors. Now that you mention it, it does seem a little strange. Didn't notice it before. Could be a bit of digital camera thrown in with some high clouds and the effect of the position of the sun.

There's some magical photography term about the fact that the bluest part of the sky is 45 degrees away from the sun. If you want super blue sky behind a land based object, then it's best to shoot the picture with the sun at 45 degrees away from whatever it is. I forget the official photography term for it.
 
2012-12-19 12:01:46 AM  

bugmn99: Find the pole down by the tents where the four strings of banners meet


That doesn't really clear anything up, there's lots of poles with 4 banners.
 
2012-12-19 12:02:50 AM  
Plus the whites of the sun reflecting off the snow may affect the exposure of darker bits.
 
2012-12-19 12:04:08 AM  
I was stunned by that whole pile of bodies with that mountain goat just feeding on them. There, right where the clump of rocks breaks through that ice sheet. Over the boulder and about two degrees down from the rock.
 
2012-12-19 12:04:08 AM  

styckx: Holly shiat.. I though that colored shiat at the bottom was just trash and litter marking a trail or something.. They are tents.. WOW.. What an amazing perspective in size when you zoom in and notice what they are...


This. At first I couldn't get the scale of what I was looking at...then I found the people. Wow.
 
2012-12-19 12:04:17 AM  
Ohm those tents! There's a little town way off to the right if you zoom in, too. I was wondering why people were calling buildings tents...
 
2012-12-19 12:04:21 AM  
What's the purpose of the banners/flags at base camp?
 
2012-12-19 12:13:17 AM  

redmond24: FlashHarry: jaysus - how many friggin people are at base camp? it's like a city.
I actually expected more.
With so many people always saying "Ya know what...I'm gonna climb mount everest!


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Taken about a year ago.  Nothing like conquering the wilderness.
 
2012-12-19 12:15:26 AM  
Pocket Ninja: about two degrees down from the rock

fahrenheit or celsius
 
2012-12-19 12:17:46 AM  
joepainter: What's the purpose of the banners/flags at base camp?

I believe those are Tibetan or Buddhist prayer flags
 
2012-12-19 12:23:02 AM  
Zoom out and to the far left. Notice the twin peaks in the center. Slowly zoom in and search the sky above the left one. I'm not saying its aliens... but...
 
2012-12-19 12:27:19 AM  
This will make one helluva desktop background. Or two. or three. Or four.
 
2012-12-19 12:28:05 AM  
Here is another helpful death map.

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Large image
 
2012-12-19 12:30:59 AM  

xmrdjx: Zoom out and to the far left. Notice the twin peaks in the center. Slowly zoom in and search the sky above the left one. I'm not saying its aliens... but...


Whoa! What the?
 
2012-12-19 12:31:38 AM  

Pocket Ninja: I was stunned by that whole pile of bodies with that mountain goat just feeding on them. There, right where the clump of rocks breaks through that ice sheet. Over the boulder and about two degrees down from the rock.



I'm not sure he's "feeding" on them.
 
2012-12-19 12:34:38 AM  

CruiserTwelve: Challenge: Find the people in the picture.



Dead or alive?
 
2012-12-19 12:36:10 AM  
Is that a yeti sitting on the rocks just down from the mountain goats?
 
2012-12-19 12:37:37 AM  

Inquisitive Inquisitor: CruiserTwelve: Challenge: Find the people in the picture.

Bottom right of Everest, where the two adjoining peaks form a V. There's a trail of folks climbing up to the next camp.



And the camp itself is up from the V, about a third of the way up the jumbled ice/snow, just to the right of the glacier (?).
 
2012-12-19 12:40:37 AM  

Neondistraction: styckx: Holly shiat.. I though that colored shiat at the bottom was just trash and litter marking a trail or something.. They are tents.. WOW.. What an amazing perspective in size when you zoom in and notice what they are...

I thought the same thing. My initial thoughts were "Great picture and all, but it'd be nice if there were something to help provide a sense of scale" Then I noticed the brightly colored 'trash' and zoomed in and... holy shiat, that's not trash, it's a tent city. Sense of scale provided.


Occupy Everest?
 
2012-12-19 12:42:52 AM  

Metal: xmrdjx: Zoom out and to the far left. Notice the twin peaks in the center. Slowly zoom in and search the sky above the left one. I'm not saying its aliens... but...

Whoa! What the?



It's a bird.
 
2012-12-19 12:43:45 AM  

xmrdjx: Zoom out and to the far left. Notice the twin peaks in the center. Slowly zoom in and search the sky above the left one. I'm not saying its aliens... but...


Damn, good eye. What the hell is that?
 
2012-12-19 12:43:52 AM  
Thanks Metal! This is some fascinating stuff.
 
2012-12-19 12:43:53 AM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Metal: xmrdjx: Zoom out and to the far left. Notice the twin peaks in the center. Slowly zoom in and search the sky above the left one. I'm not saying its aliens... but...

Whoa! What the?


It's a bird.



It's a plane.
 
2012-12-19 12:45:58 AM  
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...very fun subby.  Awesome find!
 
2012-12-19 12:52:09 AM  
Whar street light whar?
 
2012-12-19 12:54:41 AM  

violentsalvation: I wonder if there's a brothel tent.


There is, but it's all retired sherpas.
 
2012-12-19 1:03:20 AM  
I've been near there - not on Everest directly but within view of it. Everest and surrounding area is full of litter (hell... the whole region...) It's sad, the amount of trash all over the place. So much is wreked by people (visitors) being either lazy (and I am not talking about the locals who may not get much chance or opportunity to know what is happening but are also responsible...) or not caring to take some sort of responsibility.

/Then again I was more afraid driving in Nepal then anywhere else.
//Off soapbox...
 
2012-12-19 1:16:00 AM  
It's been awhile since I climbed Everest. Is it the dark peak on the left? In the center?

The 90 degree vertical snow face on the top far left is pretty awesome.
 
2012-12-19 1:19:00 AM  

Farkbert: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x295]
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...very fun subby.  Awesome find!

 

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Enhance (tap, tap, tap)...enhance...
 
2012-12-19 1:22:23 AM  
Unfortunately, it looks like the highest, most dangerous locations are far away so there is little possibility of seeing any dead people.
 
2012-12-19 1:30:58 AM  

Farkbert: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x295]
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x294][farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x296]
 
...very fun subby.  Awesome find!


Enhance 224 to 176. Enhance, stop. Move in, stop. Pull out, track right, stop. Center in, pull back. Stop. Track 45 right. Stop. Center and stop. Enhance 34 to 36. Pan right and pull back. Stop. Enhance 34 to 46. Pull back. Wait a minute, go right, stop. Enhance 57 to 19. Track 45 left. Stop. Enhance 15 to 23. Give me a hard copy right there.
 
2012-12-19 1:32:04 AM  

common sense is an oxymoron: Metal: xmrdjx: Zoom out and to the far left. Notice the twin peaks in the center. Slowly zoom in and search the sky above the left one. I'm not saying its aliens... but...

 
Whoa! What the?
 
It's a bird.
 
Close, it's actually a Firefly:
 
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2012-12-19 1:34:28 AM  
found him!! 

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2012-12-19 1:35:58 AM  

peterthx: Farkbert: [farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x295]
[farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x294][farm9.staticflickr.com image 500x296]
 
...very fun subby.  Awesome find! 

[i96.photobucket.com image 600x335]

Enhance (tap, tap, tap)...enhance...


Damn it, I took too long looking for that picture.
 
2012-12-19 1:50:52 AM  
Um, Where's all the snow? Shouldn't it be encased with snow?

It can't be... global... warming. Can it?
 
2012-12-19 2:00:46 AM  
Once again, for any moroons who don't get it. That's two peaks in the photo, of course. The right peak is Lohtse, I think, and the left Everest. The reason you see a caravan trying a common route in Cryoutload's photo (in addition to the corruption of paying for a peak) is that they share a route almost to the top of two 8000 meter peaks.
 
2012-12-19 2:06:44 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Can someone post a diagram of the routes to the top?


This is the most common route, and easy enough to match up what's in here to the big picture

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But there are several other routes that are or have been used, a few of these have been only used once, like the one marked 12, that connects 2 to to 15, that was used by Reinhold Messner when he climbed Everest solo, and no one has duplicated it since.

And the blue, number 1, corresponds to the route in the above pic

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2012-12-19 2:16:17 AM  

Stoker: Um, Where's all the snow? Shouldn't it be encased with snow?


the climbing season is in the late spring, where at the lower altitude it's warm enough for the snow to melt. Also the way the mountains get in the way of the winds impacts how much snow falls in certain areas so not much to melt off in places.
 
2012-12-19 2:20:40 AM  
Made a bunch of quick and dirty desktops.

One Two Three Four Five Six
 
2012-12-19 2:25:39 AM  
ohhhh just found this, the south col route, the main route, laid over the same view as in the huge pic in TFA

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