Interactive Google Earth map of Everest

Inital view of the normal Everest south side route, showing the points that I have defined.  Paul Adler. View from base camp up the icefall, after you have flown there with Google Earth.  Paul Adler.

This Google Earth map of Mount Everest shows all the key points when you climb Mount Everest on the normal route from the Nepal side.  You can 'fly' from point to point - Gorak Shep, Kala Patar, Base camp and all the high camps, plus key features such as the Balcony, Yellow Band, South Summit and the Geneva Spur.

This was my first time creating a map with this technology and it is truly amazing.  The vertical perspective and scale is so life-like and the level of detail is amazing.  You can actually see the tents at Base camp and Camp 2.

How to use this.

If you don't already have Google Earth, then download it for free from http://earth.google.com/download-earth.html (14.3 Mb) and install it. Then click on this link to see Paul's latest position, and the key navigation points for Everest's South Side. Then Google Earth will open and you should automatically fly in to see orange markers showing Paul's tracks, and a tent showing his latest position. On the left hand side of the screen you will see a menu called Places and if you drill into that, you should see Paul's planned route.  This shows all the key points of interest between Gorak Shep and the summit of Mount Everest.  You can click on these one by one (if you click on them in order it won't try and fly though mountains and so won't do anything strange on you).  Alternatively you can click on the play arrow underneath the list and it will go through them all for you.

We've noticed that Google Earth doesn't like it if you try to fly through mountains, so if you click on a marker that we've defined and don't quite get there, just click on it again.  If you have any problems using this or any suggestions, please post a message below and I or someone else will try and help you. 

Rgds, Paul & Fiona.

PS. If you enjoyed this (or didn't), please post here and let others know if it's worth the effort of downloading the software or not.

Messages

Google Everest and daily progress

Paul

That's fantastic - Did you know they track the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and competitors on Google Earth. I think Rolex watches had something to do with it.

For you and the other climbers and teams (such as TA and Pat) on Everest this season, that would be a great way complement your daily logs and visually see how you progress on the mountain.

Cam

Hi Cam, No I didn't know

Hi Cam,
No I didn't know that they do this with the Sydney to Hobart race. Fiona is working on your idea of the Calendar. It would be great to have a location tracking system for pin pointing climbers, but this will have to wait until next year (hopefully). It's a great idea.
Paul.

Cool way to view Everest but a bit tricky to use

This is a very powerful way to view Everest and the climb that Paul has ahead of him. The application is a bit tricky to navigate with but it's worth a look.

If you've got a spare 20 mins and a reasonably fast internet connection give it a go.

Clicking on the navigation markers in order helps

It's one of those things where it's so high tech that they forgot about the basics. If you click on the navigation markers in the order that they appear under the places menu on the left hand side, I have made sure that no mountains will get in your way and make it behave strangely :)

Technology is fantastic!

I will check out your map later today. I am looking forward to utilizing it. Great idea! mc

Excellent idea

Paul,

This is very informative and the best application of Google Earth that I've seen. Thanks for taking the time to develop this. I think I'll include this URL in one of the next updates I send out for TA. I bet people will enjoy using the technology.

Cheers,
Judy

KMZ file

HI Paul

Clicked on your link above from my IMAC and it took me directly to this page

http://www.myeverest.com/files/u7/Everest%20south%20side.kmz

on my screen in safari I got a page full of code which I suspect indicates something is not working correctly

Cheers

Roger

Save the KMZ file to your computer

Hi Roger,
Save the KMZ file to your computer rather than trying to open it. On a PC you would right click on the file, but I am not sure what you would do on a Mac, but it must be similar.
I assume that you already have downloaded Google Earth? I'd be interested to know how you go with this.
Paul.

KMZ file

HI Paul

Yes I have google earth

Macs do not have left and right clicking buttons, much more sophisticated than PCs

With the mac it does not give me the option of saving the KMZ file to the desktop in this case.

Usually with download manager, a file to download link is selected and it automatically downloads the file to download manager and in my case then onto the desktop. This is not the case with this file and it only brings up the web page link with source code.

It does not bring up the downloads popup. All my mac preferences are set correctly. I believe it is how the file is being presented at your end which in turn does not set the scene for a usual download on a mac.

I have not seen this type of action on my mac before

Here is some further information
Safari can open a downloaded file only if there is an application available to open it. Mac OS X includes applications that open many types of files including text, image, sound, and PDF files. However, to open some files you might need to install the application used to create the files on your computer.

The last sentence is applicable in this case I believe

Hope this helps

Roger

Downloading kmz file with safari on a Mac

Hi Roger, I looked into the issue that you mentioned and it seems that there might be a peculiar issue with downloading a kmz/kml file using safari on the Mac. See this page under the heading "Problems using MAC OSX" http://www.manybirds.com/googleearth.htm
Reading elsewhere, it might be possible for me to do something on the sever to rectify this particular issue, but it looks complicated...
Let me know if the suggestion in the post above works (Control clicking the link and down lower about removing the txt extension if added).
Paul.

Downloading kmz file with safari on a Mac

Hi Paul

Used your previous link and followed instructions and I am happy to report all is functioning well. Have been playing with the file and all is going well on the mac and no computing issues of note to report.

However I note that when moving higher up from Camp 1-2 on your this everest google earth program I began to experience difficulty with breathing and thumping headaches. Perhaps I moved up too quickly and will need to spend more time acclimatising with the program and go slowly.

Cheers

Roger

Google Earth map of Everest

Hi Roger, Glad it all worked for you. Rgds, Paul.

A SUGGESTION FOR YOUR HEALTH

Hi, Paul,
Thanks for sharing the Google Earth info!!!
I would like to respond to your March 16 posting, with focus on Medicine & Health. Another suggestion is to start taking a probiotic (acidolphilus--the"good bacteria") just to protect yourself against infections. If you must take an antibiotic (like I believe you did last yr when you had your chest infection), then double up on the dose, since antibiotics will zap your system of good bacteria. Yesterday when I was at Wild Oats Market, and purchasing acidolphilus, the sales person said that she has had several people who have returned from Nepal asking for acidolphilus because they are still having digestive problems. I ususally buy PB8 or Jarrow brands. They do not need to be refrigerated because they have a coating to preserve the good bacteria inside the capsulets. Of course you'll want to run this by your physcian, Dr. Jones, for his comments.
Also, I want to "ditto" MC's comments on AirBorne (tablet that fizzes in water). I always take a tablet before going on an airplane or when I am going to be in a crowd, and works for me. (who knows, could be the Placebo factor working here!) I called the company and they do not sell AirBorne in Australia, but perhaps you could find something similar. (Not to be taken everyday--its a mix of antioxidents when you need them most.)
Wishing you and all the trekkers--Tim, Damien, Fiona, Margaret,Beck & Denise--the Best of Health and Safe Journies. Thanks for making it possible for all of us(around the world) to follow along on your Everest adventures.
With Gratitude, Dena (Colorado Springs)

Thanks Dena.

Thanks Dena, Will look into this. Anything to not get sick. Paul.

Wonderful website

Dear Paul - I followed the journey you and your wife Fiona made last year to Everest - it was fantastic to follow every step and view your wonderful photos. I think you are very brave to try again to achieve the summit this year and I look forward to all the emails. The google earth view of your climbing route is a fantastic idea. I have a Mac and the file "everest-south-side.kmz" wouldn't load on Safari (like Roger discussed above) so I downloaded another recommended Mac web browser - Camino - and your file loaded instantly. So for any other Mac users who had difficulty using the common Mac web browser - Safari - to download your great file - here is an easy solution. Looking forward to following your footsteps on your amazing journey and hope it is safe and successful for you and all your great family "support team" who are coming with you to Base Camp! Best wishes, Bev (from Melbourne, Vic)

Thanks for the tip

Thanks for the tip for Mac users. Thats a big help, because I don't have a mac, so am unfamiliar with them. Did you try Control Clicking? Paul.

Fantastic Map

Hi Paul

I had already use G Earth before and it's great, but this you have done here is fantastic. And if you follow the instructions it takes you perfectly... of course i wanted to explore Everest on my own since I am an obsessed fan of Everest, and it's amazing, and you say it's pretty similar to reality, so I am in awe. I followed your attempt last year, and it was great, so i'll be here this year too cheering you own, and keeping you in my prayers for a safe summit and a safer return. For anybody out there thinking of trying your Everest map.. do it, it's worth it.... It'll be great now to follow you exactly....
Good luck

Google Earth

Hi Moraima,

Thanks for your message. I plan to refer to the points I marked when I am writing my updates as well, so that you can have a better idea of what I am talking about.

I checked out Kilimanjaro on Google Earth the other day - its also amazing.

Rgds, Paul.

Wow! All those images and infos...

Thank you Paul for taking the time to put that page available and provide us with all the infos and pictures. I installed Google Earth and to your question if it's worth it? Yes, of course it is!!! I went all the way to EBC (in real life) and I can tell you people that it really is like if you were there...except for the huffing and puffing! Also from all the books I've read and all the pictures I've seen, the 3D map is really like what I thought it would be. I mean, it's really like if we will be climbing with you Paul. We even see the lodges in Gorak Shep and the tents at Base Camp. Amazing!!!

Aeronik :o)

Glad you liked Google Earth.

Hi Anik,
Glad you liked it. I think its pretty realistic. Paul.

Google Earth

Paul,
This is fantastic, and really helps to see the route. You know last year there were also Google Earth updates so we could follow your progress although not as specific as this. Well done. The Sydney Hobart link is cool and allows a great real time view of the race. Good luck again. All the best of luck and gods willing the summit is yours.
Phil M - Sydney

Keep it up

Hi Paul and Fiona
I am sure it is great to be back at base camp together. Hopefully the weather will clear and you will get a free run. Good luck from all in Sydney.
Love
Sue

no

This Google Earth map of Mount Everest shows all the key points when you climb Mount Everest on the normal route from the Nepal side. This shows all the key points of interest between Gorak Shep and the summit of Mount Everest. Alternatively you can click on the play arrow underneath the list and it will go through them all for you. I think Rolex watches had something to do with it. Fiona is working on your idea of the Calendar. I am looking forward to utilizing it. Thanks for taking the time to develop this. I bet people will enjoy using the technology. This is not the case with this file and it only brings up the web page link with source code. All my mac preferences are set correctly. I believe it is how the file is being presented at your end which in turn does not set the scene for a usual download on a mac. Have been playing with the file and all is going well on the mac and no computing issues of note to report. Perhaps I moved up too quickly and will need to spend more time acclimatising with the program and go slowly. They do not need to be refrigerated because they have a coating to preserve the good bacteria inside the capsulets. I think you are very brave to try again to achieve the summit this year and I look forward to all the emails. The google earth view of your climbing route is a fantastic idea. And if you follow the instructions it takes you perfectly. For anybody out there thinking of trying your Everest map. We even see the lodges in Gorak Shep and the tents at Base Camp. You know last year there were also Google Earth updates so we could follow your progress although not as specific as this. The Sydney Hobart link is cool and allows a great real time view of the race. All the best of luck and gods willing the summit is yours. Hopefully the weather will clear and you will get a free run. I am trying to source a boot for Lhotse next year.It may be hard to see whether a print place review is trustworthy therefore always see several websites.It's sometimes tricky to see whether a print place review is real therefore be sure to see several sources.

Google Earth Error

Hi there, I tried to install this to GE by right clicking on the link, clicking save as and then opening the file but I just keep getting this error:
Open of file "Pauls_Everest_Climb_2007.kmz" failed: Unexpected element "html"
Any ideas?
Thanks