Google maps is taking on the world with the new street view special collection: the world’s highest peaks.
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So, if you’re one of those lazy people who haven’t the money, time or ability to climb up a mountain, then look out! You can now Google Map it and have a look for yourself, while still sitting procrastinating at work.
Google adventurer Dan Fredinburg wrote that “now you can explore some of the most famous mountains on Earth,” pointing to South America’s Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Europe’s Mount Elbrus, and Everest Base Camp in Asia.
Using Google Maps, one has the ability to go to the top of the mountain and have a look at the views without having to face any of the dangers of the mountains themselves, like the avalanches, the altitude changes and the weather changes that can occur on the mountain.
The panoramic images were captured over the course of 18 months with a tripod, digital camera, a fish-eye lens, producing HDR photography,
which is then added into Google Maps to produce a more comprehensive site.
Now, if only the program could help me simply finish the Grouse Grind in Vancouver under an hour, I’d be a happy camper. Yes, I said under an hour… it’s a tough climb, and Google Maps can’t yet whisk me up there!