How to Climb Mt. Everest From Your Couch

Want to climb Mt. Everest? Neither do I. Want to sit on you couch and watch someone else risk their life to reach the summit. Count me in. For years we have watched documentaries and movies based on real-life events of climbers who successfully reached the top, or didn’t. While I enjoy a nice hike now and then, no matter what I do to prepare myself I know I will not be able to experience what it is like to physically stand on top of the world. But thanks to the advances in virtual reality and lightweight cameras, the experience might actually be more attainable than originally thought. Together, Sports Illustrated and their partner Endemol Shine Beyond USA will spend the next few months developing the ability to see what it is like to climb and stand atop Mt. Everest in the first person. In a location that could possibly be the most dangerous place on Earth, climbers experience the fiercest conditions on Earth on a daily basis. With the best gear available allowing climbers to achieve this unbelievable feat, it is incredible to think that a select group of Everest veterans will be able to bring additional gear to the summit to capture this experience for the rest of us. Using a combination of zip-cameras and action cams on the body harness of the climbers, this first of its kind perspective of climbing Mt. Everest will be captured.

This is an exciting time for virtual reality as the general public is beginning to adopt the futuristic technology. With just a Google Cardboard and my iPhone I can get a really good understanding of what the majority of the world would look like using Google Street View. But for those locations that aren’t close to a street or haven’t been documented in 360-degree pictures yet, truly experiencing it isn’t available. With the release of “Capturing Everest” in early 2017 the popularity of virtual reality experiences will generate a lot of momentum to develop more of these shots. “Capturing Everest,” will debut on Time Inc.’s new LIFE VR platform and in 360-degree video next year.

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