People love Everest. It is the ultimate achievement in mountaineering. It may not be that tough to climb and may not be impressive to the highly trained and technical mountaineer. But it still captures the imagination of the world. Since the release of the movie “Everest”, there has been a wave of interest on climbing and mountaineering in general and everest in particular.
These infographics provide interesting bits of information in beautifully crafted format that gives you a quick run down on pieces of information that you will definitely find interesting.
1. Everyone Who’s Ever Climbed Everest
This great infographic gives a detailed account on the number of attempts and deaths by year. An interesting fact is that ever since 1974, there has been successful summits on the mountain without a single year of break (except perhaps 2014 and 2015). Interestingly, the maximum number of deaths on the mountain (excluding 2015) was on 1996 – the year based on which the movie is made.
2. Deaths on Everest
This infographic shows the top 10 causes of death on Everest up to the year 2012. On the top is “Falls”, which aparantly happens when you are coming down from a successful summit. Everest takes a toll on your body and mind. While going up, you are driven by motivation to reach the summit. But when coming down, people become exhausted or become more careless. It is the coming down that is trickier that going up – not only on everest, but any mountain. There are also interesting tib-bits of information on the side boxes. This was beautifully crafted by Ed Hernandez and is a staff pick at Visual.ly.
3. Everest Conquered 60 years ago
This is a very interesting infographic from E&T magazine. This graphic gives you an idea of the tools that Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary used to climb. Note the Breathing aparatus that is a complicated contraption weighing 10kg. Today’s climbers have a very efficient and lightweight system. Note also the boots that look more like hiking shoes than a shoe that was designed for high altitude.
4. Death On The Mountain
This infographic from the National Post post again shows the death on Mount Everest but distributed by height rather than type or year. It also shows the nationalities of the victims who perished in their pursuit of the summit. Interestingly, most of the deaths happen above 8,000m (the death zone) and the Sherpas are the ones who are the maximum casualties.
5. Mount Everest
This is a nice piece of infographic visualization of the 60th anniversary of climbing Mount Everest. The graphics visualizes the entire expedition. In those days, reaching the location of the current basecamp from Katmandu took more than a month of trekking. Today it can be done in a matter of 10 days of less. Created by Michael Sandberg from his Data Visualization Blog.
6. Everest Basecamp Trek
This fantastic piece from Chris Berge shows the timeline and altitude gain when trekking the Everest Basecamp Circuit. As you can see, trek is not easy considering that on some days the altitude gain is quite quick and steep.