This picture was taken a mile above Mt. Everest by some whackadoo in a hot air balloon.  From the Daily Mail:

This awe-inspiring photograph captures the majesty of Mount Everest as you’ve never seen it before – from more than a mile above.

The spectacular panorama shows the breathtaking landscape of the Himalayas from six miles above sea level.

It was shot by an intrepid British photographer wearing breathing apparatus in -56C temperatures 36,000 feet up.

It is believed to be the highest panoramic picture taken by hand from a balloon, and was described by mountaineer Reinhold Messner as the ‘best snap on earth’.

Although I’ll admit this is a beautiful shot, the method of acquiring it has to be one of the most retarded things I’ve heard of.


Yeah that’s right.  This dude was a mile above Mt. Everest, where helicopters have trouble flying, sitting in a fucking wicker basket being held afloat in -69 degree (F) weather by nothing but hot air being blown into a tarp.  Great plan, guy.