As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Edmund Hilary’s expedition to the top of Mount Everest, here’s an excellent website that lets you and your class explore the mountain without leaving the classroom.

Everest: Rivers of Ice is a new project that features legendary documentary filmmaker and explorer David Breashears joining with Microsoft to produce a multimedia tour of the mountain.

Visitors to the site will be able to take a virtual trek to the Everest Base Camp, visiting many well known places along the way like Lukla, Namche Bazaar and Gorak Shep. The route is accompanied by wonderful panoramic shots as well as video clips.

The website is written in HTML so it should work on iPads as well as on regular computers (and would look lovely on an Interactive Whiteboard)

Glacier Works

GlacierWorks’ mission is to document, educate and raise awareness about changes to the glaciers in the Greater Himalaya through art, science and exploration. We seek to incite curiosity about the region and spark dialogues regarding the changes to these glaciers. In addition to its website, GlacierWorks raises awareness through worldwide exhibitions and by providing content for use in classrooms to educate students not only about climate change but also broader earth and environmental science themes.

It’s an excellent resource. Geography and Science teachers could use it to explore climate change and how the glaciers have melted. It’s also an excellent historical record of an amazing human achievement.

Go take a look now at : http://explore.glacierworks.org/