The base camp manager and I set up a survey station for 3-D mapping.​​​​​​​

Bird's‑eye View

To be here is exciting. I normally work in an office in Washington, D.C. I work with teams that make maps. Sometimes, I helped collect data on “field trips,” like this expedition.

Here, my role was to map the area around Base Camp. I also mapped Earth’s highest glacier.

We used drones to take photos from the air.

The team used many tools to gather data. We took photos. We used drones, too. A camera on a drone points down at Earth. It takes photos from the air. We put the photos together to create a bigger picture.

A team member used a drone to help map Everest Base Camp.

The team took an ice core.

Our team also took ice cores. An ice core is a long piece of ice. With it, we can study a glacier’s layers. We can find out what the climate was like in the past.

We put weather stations on the mountain, too. Over time, they will show us how the climate changes. With all of our data, people will soon know what is happening in this place.

The team set up a weather station.

Life at the Extremes

The expedition has collected new data about weather and climate. To find out more, visit