If you have ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing, without the risk and expense, here is your chance. Sports illustrated is producing a Virtual Reality (VR) series called “Capturing Everest” which will take you on a thrilling climb up Mount Everest.
“Capturing Everest” is the result of a collaboration between Sports Illustrated and digital media agency Endemol Shine Beyond USA. This will be the first ever complete Everest climb to be captured in virtual reality. The VR experience is part of the larger LIFE VR platform which has been developed by Time Inc. Family. The LIFE VR platform has already featured three VR Experiences including “Defying the Nazis” which allows users to accompany Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis and Lumen, a non-linear meditation VR experience.
The VR documentary will be made available to the public in 2017. It was captured over a period of two months using body cameras attached to the climber’s harness and camera’s on their zip lines. This has provided enough material that viewers will be able to really get inside what it is like to summit Mt Everest.
To accompany the VR experience, Sport Illustrated will also be releasing photos, videos and articles for their other print and digital channels. This is not first VR experience that has been created by Sports Illustrated. The publication also produced a VR experience to accompany it’s famed “Swimsuit Illustrated” issue.
The VR series will see users accompany the highly experienced climbing team of Garrett Madison and Brent Bishop. Garrett Madison is considered one of the world’s top high altitude mountaineering guides. Over his career he has guided more than 37 clients to the summit of Mt Everest which is more than any other Americans. Garett is also highly experienced working with film crews have been involved in four different features on Everest in the last three years. Brent Bishop is son of the legendary climber Barry Bishop. He first reach the summit of Mt Everest in 1994. For the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest he joined the National Geographic Mt Everest Expedition. The result was the popular documentary “Surviving Everest”.
“Climbing Everest” shows the ability of VR to give people experiences that they would never likely otherwise enjoy. The danger and extremely high cost of summiting means that only a very small number of people will ever actually climb Everest. Through VR technology an unlimited number of people can discover what it is like to climb the world’s highest mountain.