Jordan Romero is the youngest person to ever ascend the Summit of Mt Everest, having reached the summit on May 21 (see the blog announcement). There’s no doubt that Geo technology has played a huge role in the effort and ESRI is doing their part as well, having developed an interactive webmap resource for the team enabling visitors to quickly view updates from the expedition along with geotagged photos and team updates. About the web service… The Jordan Romero Web site features an ESRI GIS mapping application that integrates Web services to track Romero’s journey. The application lets the public see Team Romero’s location in near real time, explore daily tracks, view distance and elevation statistics, and browse weather and route information. The application also gives geographic context to social media—for example, Flickr photos and Twitter posts from the team throughout the trip.
ESRI is mapping the expedition with a lightweight, user-friendly Web application that uses the ArcGIS API for Microsoft Silverlight/WPF and data from ArcGIS Online. The API is used to deliver live information from other Web services. This includes the latest GPS messages from SPOT (updated as frequently as every 10 minutes), current elevation and distances from ArcGIS Server, daily weather forecasts from meteoexploration, and social media streams. ArcGIS Online provides the map layers and imagery of the 29,035-foot mountain and surrounding area.
Checkout the ESRI Everest Webmapping service at http://edn1.esri.com/everest/Default.html