60 years after Hillary Everest gets HTML5 site and BASE jump video

first_imgMount Everest was just sitting around, growing extremely slowly, when it started to get a lot of press this week. First off, Microsoft released a mini-site, promoting Internet Explorer’s technology while discussing glacier loss in the area. In case it’s not marked on your calendar, it’s been exactly 60 years since Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit, so MS is also celebrating that event with HD video and panoramas. If you are more action-oriented, then Red Bull has something completely different for you: the first ever BASE jump off of Everest. No matter what kind of person you are, one of these Mount Everest stories will appeal to you.Since you probably can’t wait any longer, here is that BASE jump…Yes, a human got somewhere near the top of Everest (it’s not clear how far up he was) and willingly jumped off, using a wingsuit and parachute to get to the ground safely. The daredevil didn’t drop the full 29,020 feet of course, this was just a casual glide that couldn’t have been more than a few thousand vertical feet.Not quite HTML5 but still cool.Microsoft’s “Rivers of Ice” micro-site was designed to raise awareness about two important things: the loss of the Earth’s glaciers and browser technology. The videos are wonderfully done and the embedded gigapixel panoramas are even better. Microsoft and Glacierworks.org did a bang up job on the site, using top-notch HTML5 technology to get their content across.To be fair, Glacierwork’s pushing of Internet Explorer is limited to a logo in the top right corner and a notice on the entry page if you happen to use a browser or OS that Microsoft considers to be sub-par. If you want the “full Everest experience” the site suggests you use a “modern browser” on a “desktop or laptop computer”. I did some testing with Chrome and Firefox on OS X and both work, but load the site in Chrome OS and you’ll be restricted to the opening video.Microsoft’s partner, GlacierWorks, is a non-profit organization that has tasked itself with demonstrating the change that has happened to the Himalayan glaciers over time. Their literate seems hesitant to assign any blame to climate change, man’s encroachment in the area, or any other force, they just want to “incite curiosity.”If you want to see some excellent HTML5 work as well as some incredible imagery, stop by explore.glacierworks.org. If you are happy with a video of a stuntman jumping off one of the world’s highest points (but not necessarily resulting in one of the world’s longest wingsuit dives), the video above will get the job done.last_img

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