Climbing Mount Everest

A colleague and I have both been researching Mount Everest Base Camp treks lately. Mount Everest, or Sagarmāthā in Nepali, is the tallest mountain on earth. With a peak at  8,848 m (~29,000 feet) its top is further away from sea level than any other place on earth.

That’s all well and good, of course. But exactly how high is that? The Washington Post published an amazing graph the other day that tries to show just that.

Scaling Mt Everest

The fact that they take you all the way to sea level first and then let you climb the page is so well thought out! Sometimes the counterintuitive turns out to be the most intuitive! Go there.

(via FlowingData)