Extreme Ice Survey sets up cameras at Everest



  • EIS/Adam LeWinter

Extreme Ice Survey, the Boulder-based company founded by world-renowned photographer James Balog, has recently installed five cameras in and around Mount Everest to chart the recession of the glaciers there.

Two cameras will survey the overall area of Everest and the Khumbu Glacier; another two with telephoto lenses will get shots of the Khumbu ice fall; and another will chart the Nare Glacier.

Each camera will shoot one photograph every 30 minutes for the next three years, resulting in thousands of still shots and a time-lapse video of the receding glaciers. Balog and his EIS team have tracked glaciers in Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, Bolivia, the Rockies and the Alps.

The project was completed with the North Face, famed mountaineer Conrad Anker and his five-person team.

During an Indy interview back in January, Balog had said he was hoping to put between six and eight cameras on Everest by March, depending, as always, on funding. He added:

We're probably — aside from Everest and British Columbia — we're probably nearly done with putting out ice-based time-lapse cameras. But what we are doing now is expanding EIS to look at other subjects that aren't just about ice, but they're about the world changing in this era of human impact on the planet.

You can read our Q&A with Balog, "Charting the Meltdown," here. And for more information on this EIS project and other endeavors, visit extremeicesurvey.org.

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