Posted on Monday, June 30th, 2014 by Bianca Stivelman
On April 18, 2014, a disastrous avalanche killed thirteen and left three Sherpa guides missing on Mount Everest, making it the deadliest day in Everest’s history.
This past April, the most deadly avalanche in Mount Everest’s history struck, killing 16 Sherpa people in its path. Coincidentally, a Discovery Channel filming crew was located at the base camp preparing to film an Everest special with adventurist Joby Ogwyn. The special was cancelled in light of the tragedy, but the footage taken by the crew was used by Discovery to create a special program on the avalanche. The result is an impressive website and television special documenting the tragic event, which include exclusive eyewitness accounts from the rescue efforts.
The interactive website offers you access into the center of the disaster that took place that fateful day. It includes personal testimonies from the journey and tragedy, videos about the Sherpa community, as well as highly emotional footage covering the event. It also offers a stunning 3D virtual tour of Mount Everest’s unforgiving terrain, from the base camp to the summit. The website simultaneously acts as a mark of respect for the victims, as well as an awareness raiser for the cause. On the site, users have the option of donating to the Sherpa Family Fund in order to support the families of the victims.