CLOSE

This is What It Looks Like to Climb a 22,660-Foot-Tall Mountain

In November 2015, climbing partners David Lama and Conrad Anker set out to climb the previously unconquered 22,660-foot tall peak of Lunag Ri, a mountain along the border of Nepal and Tibet. Most people will never get the opportunity to make the adventurous trek, but—thanks to this POV footage captured by a camera mounted to one of the men—we can all experience it without the danger, cold, and physical stress.

To put the mountain's height into perspective, consider this: the Burj Khalifa is the tallest skyscraper in the world at more than 2700 feet. Even if you stacked eight Burj Khalifas on top of each other, and piled on snow, ice, and rocks, you still wouldn't have an obstacle as impressive as the one Lama and Anker took on.

At times, the video above makes the feat seem impossible, as the climbers make their way up the landform using only the equipment they packed and their knowledge of how to take advantage of cracks in rocks and snow.

In a longer documentary about the climb posted to the Red Bull Adventure site, Lama explains that the trip was more than just a thrill-seeking expedition.

"One of the main reasons for coming to Nepal was that it's the country my dad comes from," he said. "Moreover, Lunag Ri as a mountain fascinates me."

Unfortunately, because the duo didn't move their camp higher up on the mountain, they were unable to complete the climb. "We were over ambitious—we bit off more than we can chew," Anker said.

Still, peak or no peak, watching the duo make their way up the mountain is impressive and a bit scary. Check out the clip above, and head over to Red Bull to see the full short film.

Banner image via Red Bull on YouTube

[h/t Gizmodo]

arrow
Afternoon Map
The Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

arrow
Afternoon Map
Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

[h/t Thrillist]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios