Welcome to the companion Web site to several recent NOVA programs on
Mt. Everest, including "Lost on Everest" and
"Everest: The Death Zone," originally broadcast in 1998. The site is an
intensive look at the personalities, dangers, history, culture, and lore
surrounding the world's highest mountain. Here's what you'll find online:
Lost on Everest
This section chronicles the unexpected discovery, during a 1999 NOVA expedition to investigate the mysterious disappearance of George Mallory and Andrew Irvine high on Everest in 1924, of Mallory's body, still intact after 75 years. The mystery remains.
High Exposure: Humans at Altitude
What happens to your body when it is exposed to extreme altitudes? How does the lack of oxygen affect the brain? If there were a mountain higher than Everest, would humans be physiologically able to reach the summit? Find the answers to these questions and much more.
Climb (North and South Routes)
Explore various popular climbing routes up the world's tallest peak, both on the north (Tibet) and south (Nepal) sides. Includes 360* QuickTime panoramas of high camps and well-known features such as the Khumbu Icefall and the Western Cwm.
History and Culture
Follow the storied and often tragic history of climbing on Mt. Everest, from the early years to the present day. Features in-depth looks at Sherpas, nearby Buddhist monasteries, and other local elements, and includes QuickTime VR panoramas.
Earth, Wind, and Ice
This section features well-illustrated articles on the birth of the Himalaya, atmospheric pressure, earthquakes, air, and glaciers, all as they relate to Mt. Everest. Includes a Shockwave compass game.
Previous Expeditions (1996 and 1997)
In May 1996, when eight climbers died tragically high on Everest, NOVA was there, running its first Online Adventure. A year later, NOVA was back to shoot a film on high-altitude physiology - and conduct the first live Internet audio from the summit. Relive these exciting expeditions here.