During the monsoon season of 1980, the legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner did the impossible. He climbed Mount Everest alone, unaided and without bottled oxygen. An astonishing accomplishment.
An icelandic company called Sólfar has now recreated Mount Everest in virtual reality (VR). It lets you traverse and climb the most legendary stretches of Everest. You get to try what Reinhold Messner experienced on his legendary climb.
Wearing HTC Vive VR-glasses, you experience Everest in it’s stunning glory. The level of detail is impressive. You can walk around and explore the mountain. To me it feels very much like actually being there, on the mountainside. A truly awe-inspiring experience…
Think of the time when you stood at the top of a mountain or watched giant waves crashing on a beach during a sunset. Sólfar’s EVEREST VR engages your emotions in a similar way. You feel the majesty of nature.
And yet. Something is still missing..
I think you know the feeling: you experience something truly amazing and you wish that someone important was there with you, to share the experience.
What if VR could recreate the experience of climbing Mount Everest as a member of a climbing team? And what if the climbing team could be made up of our closest friends or family members?
It’s easy to imagine the intensity of the experience and the memories a real team effort would create. The emotional connection would be lasting.
Almost any experience is better when experienced together with someone important to you in, in real life and in VR. Even Reinhold Messner, the legendary solo-climber would probably agree.