Technology has been making adventurous pursuits easier all the time. It began with basic improvements in access: ships, planes, cars, and so on. Then it moved to apparel and equipment. Materials changed from heavy wool to fabrics created in scientific labs. Tents, for instance, changed from wood and canvas to space age alloys and lightweight nylon.
But Google’s latest advancement provides the easiest access yet.
Earlier in the year they unveiled 38 trail maps of ski resorts around the U.S., and this week their ambitious global mapping project has made a few big additions. Mount Everest Base Camp, and the summits of Mount Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and Mount Elbrus are now featured in the Street View on Google Maps.
This is the first step in their plan to map the Seven Summits of the World.
So now’s the time to hang out among the prayer flags of Everest Base Camp for the afternoon, or take a lunch break parlay on the summit of Kilimanjaro, or scope the mountaineers’ colorful tents in Aconcagua.
It’s nothing compared to the real thing, but now you can get a sneak peak on the adventures of your dreams.