Google Maps Lets Viewers Explore Everest, Kilimanjaro, Other Peaks
Google sent out teams of photographers to document some of the world's most spectacular peaks and is now sharing them through Street View.Google Maps Street View has just added spectacular images of the world's tallest mountain peaks, including Everest and Kilimanjaro, to its ever-expanding collection of photos from destinations around the globe. The peaks were among destinations that Google's Street View teams wanted to highlight for some time, Dan Fredinburg, a Google adventurer and expedition team member, wrote in a March 18 post on the Google Official Blog. "Most of us have a bucket list of the places we want to visit in our lifetime," Fredinburg wrote. "If you're like me, the list is pretty long—to be honest I'd be lucky to get to all of mine. Google Maps has a bucket list, too, and today we're checking off a couple of our favorites so we can make our map more comprehensive and share it with you. And if tall mountains are your thing, you're in luck." The gorgeous new color images were collected by Street View team members who explored some of the most famous mountains on Earth, including Aconcagua in South America, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in Africa, Mount Elbrus in Russia and Everest Base Camp in Asia, according to the post. "These mountains belong to the group of peaks known as the Seven Summits—the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. While there's nothing quite like standing on the mountain, with Google Maps you can instantly transport yourself to the top of these peaks and enjoy the sights without all of the avalanches, rockslides, crevasses, and dangers from altitude and weather that mountaineers face."
Hey, you may not actually feel the wind and elements on your face, but perusing these incredibly detailed images might be the closest you will ever get to actually being on Everest, Kilimanjaro and the rest.