Google Scales The Highest Peaks


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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.

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Ever­est Base­camp. Cred­it Google.

But Google’s lat­est advance­ment pro­vides the eas­i­est access yet.

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Aconcagua High Camp. Cred­it Google.

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.