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.