Out of every single photo I have ever taken, this one here fills me with the most emotions.
I’m humbled that I had the opportunity to see one of the most incredible sites on Earth with my own eyes. I’m ecstatic that I was able to capture this photo from a 30 seat Jetstream Aircraft flying at about 25,000 feet – almost eye level but *still* lower that the peak of this behemoth. I feel a sense of respect and awe for the tallest mountain on Earth – one that has made hero’s and taken those same hero’s lives.Looking at this magnificent mountain, I imagine its 29,031.7 feet (8,848.86 meter) peak poking a hole in Earth’s atmosphere. Everest isn’t even done growing – it pushes upward about 5 centimeters a year.
Flying out of Kathmandu to Everest – you are treated to some of the most majestic scenery you will ever witness. The Himalayas stretch from Afghanistan through all of Nepal and end in Myanmar. 1500 miles containing over 100 peaks over 23,600 feet (7,200 Meters). To compare: Denali – the highest peak in North America is only 20,310 feet (6,190 Meters). In Europe (physiographically) – the tallest mountain is Khan Tengri in Kazakhstan at 22,999 feet (7,010 Meters) – a pretty low mountain compared to the Himalayas.
This particular print, a small 5×7 on museum grade rag paper with deckled edges is an amazing presentation of the image. The image is so dear to me, that I have not yet released it to the public for purchase because I have not found a presentation that does it justice. This comes close, and is a contender for my first Limited Edition Print.
This image will stay close to my heart, and likely will travel with me in print form when I make my pilgrimage to Everest itself. I fully intend to get to Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet/5,364 Meters) sooner than later. I consider it a personal exploration to consider an attempt at a full summit.