Nepal – #project360 conquers Mount Everest
Mount Everest is by its altitude of 8848 metres the highest point and by that very fact the most famous mountain on earth. Its ascent history and particularly its first ascent via the Southern climbing route are representing milestones of alpinism.
Now, at the beginning of the climbing season 2016, a milestone in another field – in digital cartography – was reached: For the first time, the Southern climbing route, beginning at the Nepalese basecamp up to the “Roof of the World”, is documented by breathtaking 360°-videography and -photography. A small group of four Sherpas attended to the honourable task to bring the Everest into the living rooms of the fans of alpine sports by these three-dimensional recordings. Likewise, it is an homage to the first climbers Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay who have already chosen this route in 1953. A customized backpack with altogether six cameras facilitates the perfect omnidirectional view.
Via mouse click and in pin-sharp quality the virtual climber experiences the challenging climbing passages: He conquers par example the crevasses of the Khumbu Icefall, climbs the Hillary Step, a twelve meters high and steep cliff edge, which represents the final obstacle before he reaches the summit. The reward is the view from highest point on earth – the choice of the different perspective is always up to the viewer. The recordings are also provided via app.
Everyone can be close to the action with help of panorama recordings when exciting routes are climbed – this is the aim of the virtual reality series Mammut #project360. With the recordings of the Everest Swiss outdoor outfitter Mammut crowns his #project360. Those virtual alpine adventures have already been realized at Eiger Nordwand (SUI), Matterhorn Hörnligrat (SUI), Mönch (SUI), Elbrus (RUS), the route of Patrouille des Glaciers (SUI), dam wall Diga di Luzzone (SUI), ice fall classic Rübezahl (SUI), the legendary route „The Nose“ at El Capitan in Yosemite Valley (USA), at Mont Blanc (FRA/ITA) and at Dom (SUI).
More information about the #project360 are available here: http://project360.mammut.ch/