The final unit of the year in our ninth-grade English classes is on Mount Everest. I thought it would be useful to our school’s teachers and to this blog’s readers (and to me!) to try to compile the best related online resources into one list.
Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest:
I’ll start off with several Everest-related assignments we have on our class blog.
How Stuff Works has quite a few great short videos.
PBS has an interactive on outfitting a climber.
Here’s a panorama taken from the summit.
The Discovery Channel has an Everest interactive.
You can climb Everest virtually with this “SherpaCam.”
Take a brain test scientists have given Everest climbers to see what affect climbing has on them.
Experience Everest at this Discovery Channel interactive.
Here’s a nice video that shows a typical climbing route and the importance of acclimatizing (going back and forth to get one’s body acclimated to the altitude):
Imaging Everest comes from The Royal Geographic Society.
Check-out Storm Over Everest.
You can Experience Everest with this game.
Here are some simple Everest games.
Here are some videos from the summit:
Awesome Stories has a nice video about Everest climber Edmund Hillary.
I’m also adding this preview, and the direct link, to Farther Than the Eye Can See, a film about blind climber Eric Weihenmayer’s renowned summit of Mt. Everest:
TIME has a slideshow on Sir Edmund Hillary.
Here are several good videos from CNN, including ones on the first African to reach the summit and several on teenagers who have made the climb:
The Glass Ceiling is a movie about the first woman Sherpa to climb Mt. Everest. Here’s the movie trailer:
Early expeditions to Everest is an audio slideshow from the BBC.
Everest Climbing Gear—Then and Now is from National Geographic.
Climb every mountain: visualising the world’s 50 most prominent peaks is from The Guardian.
Meet Yuichiro Miura, the man who skied down Mt. Everest 40 years ago is from The Smithsonian.
Richard Byrne also suggests some good resources on his blog.
Why climbers continue to feel Mount Everest’s allure is from The BBC.
LIFE has a slideshow of Hillary’s first climb.
Mount Everest: the ethical dilemma facing climbers is from The Guardian.
A Sherpa’s View of the Mount Everest Traffic Jam is from The New York Times.
In our ninth-grade unit on Mount Everest, we also look at other mountains and their climbers, so I’m adding it to this list.
Here’s a great quote from Edmund Hillary with an engaging image.
The 1953 technology used to climb Everest is from The BBC.
Mount Everest Is Not Immune to Climate Change is from The Smithsonian.
Maxed Out on Everest is a slideshow from National Geographic.
Mount Everest base jump marks 60th anniversary of first ascent is a video from The BBC.
Everest: 60 years of mountaineering – interactive is from The Guardian.
Climbing Mount Everest is a photo gallery from The Boston Globe.
How deadly are the world’s highest mountains? is a chart from The Economist.
aljazeera has made an engaging thirty minute video about climbing Mount Everest. I’ve embedded the YouTube version below. In addition, you can see the same video on their website, along with additional text commentary.
Glacier Works is a cool interactive about Mt. Everest.
Everest: Sixty Years On is another useful interactive.
Mount Everest security guards to stop fights is from Breaking News English.
A Life Well-Lived is a short, and good, video on the first American who reached the Everest summit.
Death Is Part of the Business for Everest Sherpa Guides is from NBC News.
Deadliest Day: Sherpas Bear Everest’s Risks is from The New York Times.
Who Are Nepal’s Sherpas? is also from NPR.
Sherpas Move to Shut Everest in Labor Fight is from The New York Times.
Himalayan death tolls is an infographic from The Washington Post.
Death and Anger on Everest is from The New Yorker and is probably the best piece written on the tragedy. It’s by Jon Krakauer.
Mount Everest’s Sherpas Shut Down the Rest of This Year’s Climbing Season is from The Atlantic.
Mount Everest in 3D is from The Discovery Channel.
Sherpas, Fate and the Dangerous Business of Everest is from The Wall Street Journal.
The Business of Everest: What It Pays to Risk It All is from Business Week.
Here’s a cool interactive about climbing Mount Everest.
Scaling Everest is a very neat new interactive from The Washington Post.
Feedback is welcome.