Mount Everest gigapixel image lets you see Base Camp and climbers up close

mount everest gigapixel imageDavid Breashears is some guy. As if scaling Mount Everest five times wasn’t enough to be going on with, he’s also found time to snap enough photos to create a stunning two-gigapixel image of the world’s highest mountain and its surroundings.

It’s a remarkable piece of work that allows you to zoom in to see the Himalayan landscape in incredible detail.

Filmmaker and climber Breashears used a camera with a 300mm lens to capture the 400 or so images that make up the panoramic photo. Mount Everest can be seen to the left of the middle of the stitched image.

“We’re so excited by that image,” Breashers said in a recent interview with National Public Radio’s Melissa Block. “I have myself climbed Everest five times and been to the mountain 15 times. And when I’m breathless at almost 18 or 19,000 feet recording these images, I have very little time to study the mountain and learn about it. And, of course, I can’t focus my eyes as closely as that lens can.” He said the incredibly detailed image now allows him to explore the area in “all its beauty and glory.”

Zoom in close enough and you can easily see individual tents and climbers at Base Camp. Other parts of the image show climbers on Mount Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain.

mount everest gigapixel image base camp

“We can see climbers several miles away on the Lhotse face,” Breashears says. “Lhotse itself is over 28,000 feet high. And several thousand feet below its summit is Camp 3. And if you zoom in there, you can see not only the tents, but the little climbers – well, they’re little in the picture – making their way up to camp and to the higher camp.”

The image forms part of a project by the 57-year-old climber called GlacierWorks that aims to show the way the changing climate is affecting the Himalayan region. Breashears says when images shot today are compared with others taken in the first half of the last century, it’s clear to see the glaciers in the area are retreating. “There are over 49,000 glaciers throughout the greater Himalayan region, and most of them are showing dramatic and accelerated melt rate,” he told Block.

If you’ve always fancied a trip to the Himalayas but don’t have the winter wear or wherewithal, click here to explore an extraordinary image that will make you feel like you’re actually there.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

Skip the studio and shoot like a pro with our favorite lenses for portraits

Looking for the best lenses for portrait photography for your mirrorless or DSLR camera? While there's no shortage of options, there are some that stand out. Here are a few of our favorites.

Whether by the pool or the sea, make a splash with the best waterproof phones

Whether you're looking for a phone you can use in the bath, or you just want that extra peace of mind, waterproof phones are here and they're amazing. Check out our selection of the best ones you can buy.

These are the best action cameras money can buy, from GoPro to Garmin and more

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.

Earn more likes on your photos with the best cameras for Instagram

Looking to snap better Instagrams? Instagram doesn't demand high-resolution files, but upgrading your camera can deliver better bokeh and low-light quality. Here our the best cameras for Instagram.

Capture life in every direction with the best 360 cameras

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn't mean there's not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera isn't giving you the results you want, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone can touch.

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.

Which smartphone has the best camera? We found the sharpest shooters

They say that the best camera is always the one you have with you and that makes your smartphone camera very important indeed. Join us for a closer look at the best camera phones available right now.

Wet or dry, these rugged waterproof cameras capture your every adventure

Rugged cameras are designed to withstand nature's elements. These waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof shooters can go wherever you take them, making them the perfect travel companions.

Free your digital memories, and frame them, with the best photo printers

Printed photos are experiencing a revival at the moment, but you don’t need to go to a special lab. Here’s our favorite options for making quality prints, from pocket-sized printers to wide-format photo printers capable of spitting out…

When you're ready to shoot seriously, these are the best DSLRs you can buy

For many photographers the DSLR is the go-to camera. With large selection of lenses, great low-light performance, and battery endurance, these DSLRs deliver terrific image quality for stills and videos.

Selfie-taking millennials told to stop trampling about in Dutch tulip fields

Enthusiastic selfie snappers have been causing damage to fields of tulips in the Netherlands, with local growers complaining of travelers trampling over the flowers in search of the best shot.

Luminar Accent A.I. can now recognize faces for more natural instant edits

Want to edit faster? Skylum Luminar's latest update enhances the Accent A.I. to use machine learning for instant enhancements. The tool now recognizes faces for more natural skin tones along with other enhancements.