'Capturing Everest' Shows an Everest Climb in Virtual Reality

By: Joey Haar - Oct 11, 2016
References: interactives.time & engadget
Summiting Mount Everest is something that few in the world are able to experience, both because of the mountain's remote locale and the sheer physical difficulty that comes with climbing it, but the 'Capturing Everest' project will let anyone summit the peak -- in virtual reality, at least. A collaboration between Sports Illustrated and Time, Inc., Capturing Everest will be a series that follows "a bottom to top climb of Mount Everest in virtual reality," according to Time, Inc.

The VR documentary, which was filmed over the course of two months, will be shown through the experience of four mountain climbers with Sports Illustrated thanks to the use of body harnesses and zip lines. It begins at Everest Base Camp in Kathmandu, Nepal, and takes viewers through the treacherous terrain that makes up the world's tallest mountain.