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60 years after first Everest ascent, anyone can climb (online)

Posted by stephanielenore on May 29, 2013

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s historical first ascent of Mt. Everest. To celebrate, HSTRY.org – an online platform dedicated to historical reenactments – is tweeting the climb in real time. Anyone wishing to join in is asked to add #Everest53 to their tweets. 

In 2012, HSTRY.org live-tweeted a reenactment of the 1952 Great Smog of London and the platform soon plans to launch a reenactment of World War I. From their website:

“Hstry.org creates a living and breathing historical record, ideal for consumption in today’s media market but also tailored for future consumption. Every person, young and old, is struggling to come to grips with information consumption in this age. Hstry.org will ensure that major historical events around the world are retold in an easily understandable format.”

The idea is not entirely original (that credit goes to the Home Alone Project, which started in 2009), it’s a pretty interesting example of offline activities being adapted by digital platforms. Though the coordination would be extraordinary, it would be pretty cool to see an entire network based around the idea. 

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