- 3 1/4 inch diameter
- Cast in fine pewter
- Felt backing
- With soft fleece pouch
- In clear-vinyl covered box
Elevation: 29,035 ft.
Coordinates: N27° 59' 17" E86° 55' 31"
Location: Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal
MarkerSleuth Photo Contributor: Bradford Washburn, 1998
Remember EVEREST, the movie that took your breath away, with this expedition commemorative marker!
In the early 1800's the British began the greatest of surveying projects--the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India. Peak XV was determined to be the highest peak in the world and was named after the father of Indian geodesy, Sir George Everest. While highest, its exact altitude remained elusive. With cooperation from Nepal and China, and under the direction of veteran cartographers, Dr. Bradford Washburn and Dr. Roger Bilham, the American Everest Expedition 1995 set out to use the most current technology to increase scientific knowledge of the peak. Their work continued with American Everest Expeditions 1996, 1997 and 1998. On May 20, 1998 and May 5, 1999, GPS data was gathered and a new elevation determined--29,035 Feet (8850 meters.)
This commemorative is fashioned after the 12" base which supports the GPS receiver used for scientific measurements on Mount Everest. On May 20, 1998 (Nepal time) Wally Berg of the 1998 American Expedition installed this survey station on Barry Bishop Ledge, the highest bedrock, very near the summit.