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everest 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. basket 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.


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