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The Best Sites For Learning About Mount Everest

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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.

National Geographic has an Everest site, including this video:

PBS has a site on Everest, bringing together all their related resources.

Scholastic has an Everest site.

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:

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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.

Chilling photo shows bottleneck on Mount Everest as dozens of climbers try to reach summit on weekend when four died is from the Mail Online.

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.

Through Richard Byrne’s blog, I learned about Redefine Possible and Spencer West’s success in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro — even though he has no legs. Here’s a short video:

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.

Everest Routes

Browse more data visualizations.

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.

Oldest person to scale Mount Everest says climb will be his last despite rival, 81, bidding to break his record is from The Mail Online.

Rivers of Ice is an very, very impressive interactive virtual tour of Everest. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

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.

Descending Everest
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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.

Feedback is welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

2 Comments

  1. Larry,

    Everest and all of the Himalaya region is one of my pet topics. This is a great list you’ve assembled. Thank you for including my post in it too.

    Richard

  2. Some great sites on Everest Larry. I think the PBS resources are particularly good.

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