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  posted on 12/18/2012 at 05:04 PM
I'm kind of a mountain nut. I love to head off into the hills...check out this insanely high resolution gigapixal image of Mt. Everest and the Khumbu glacier. It might take a minute to load but you could spend a lot of time checking this baby out:

http://www.glacierworks.org/the-glaciers/pumori-spring-2012/

 

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  posted on 12/18/2012 at 05:14 PM
Extremely cool. If you zoom in on the glacier where it starts to curve between the two peaks you can see the rocks and dirt the glacier is pushing along underneath.

 

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  posted on 12/18/2012 at 05:21 PM
Fantastic details. That base camp is rather huge itself. Like a little village. Nice detail are those Boedhist prayer flags. 20 years ago when i flew from Katmandu (Nepal) to New Dehli (India) i had an amazing arial view of the imense Himalaya mountain range. Spectacular.

 

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  posted on 12/18/2012 at 09:04 PM
Wow...you can pick out individual climbers in the Khumbu Ice Fall and even some of the ladders spanning the crevices. Also it looks like a string of flags, but no tents, in the area of camp 2 or 3...it's hard to tell but there is something there. I can only pick up one climber above the ice fall. Base camp is pretty cool. I'm gonna have to study this some more.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 01:57 AM
Just looked at this again and I can see a lot of climbers higher on the mountain. What I had thought may be a string of flags I now think is about 5 tents at camp 2, and you can see several groups working their way up (or down) from there all the way camp 3 where I think I can pick out 2 tents. I don't see anything above that, but it would be almost impossible to see even if they are there. With that many people on the mountain this picture must have been taken in early-mid May. You can really tell from looking at base camp just how much of a commercial activity climbing Everest has become. Huge encampments of guided climbing groups forming a virtual city. Can cause some serious problems when they all start running into each other higher up.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 02:39 AM
Very cool

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 09:06 AM
Did you find these guys in the photo yet?


 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 10:02 AM
I bet the camera that took the picture costs more than an expedition up that mountain...

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 10:08 AM
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I'm kind of a nut. I get lost in the hills often...

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 10:20 AM
I've only been really lost once...and that was only for a few minutes. The other times I knew generally where I was

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 10:33 AM
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Just one of them.

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 11:15 AM
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Wasn't that in Alaska?

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 11:20 AM
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That was a top ten thread, right there...

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 12:00 PM
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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 12:35 PM
Thanks for sharing, Chad! This is amazing!

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 02:12 PM
Here's some info on the picture, from the Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/18/photo-mount-ev erest-in-two-billion-pixels/

 

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  posted on 12/19/2012 at 03:26 PM
Wow the Khumbu glacier has really dried up, in previous decades it was much much larger, I talked to Susan Erschler once who summited with her husband several years ago, she told me the actual summit area is about the size of a picnic table.

 

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