Climb El Cap­i­tan on Google Maps

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By An­drea Chang an­drea. chang@ latimes. com

Google Maps has an­nounced its f irst ver­ti­cal Street View, giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to vir­tu­ally climb El Cap­i­tan in Yosemite Na­tional Park.

“Peo­ple around the world will now be able to vir­tu­ally ex­pe­ri­ence the unique act of ascending a 3,000- foot cliff by go­ing on a self- di­rected, ver­ti­cal climb,” the Moun­tain View, Calif., com­pany said. “Climbers” can make their way up the Nose route and part of the Dawn Wall.

To col­lect the im­agery for Google Maps, the com­pany worked with pho­tog­ra­phers and part­nered with climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Cald­well.

“Yosemite’s driven so much of my life that I’m ex­cited to be able to share it with the world through my eyes,” Cald­well said. “These 360- de­gree panoramic im­ages are the clos­est thing I’ve ever wit­nessed to ac­tu­ally be­ing thou­sands of feet up a ver­ti­cal rock face — bet­ter than any video or photo. But my hope is that this new im­agery will in­spire you to get out there and see Yosemite for your­self.”

For now, ver­ti­cal Street View is avail­able only for El Cap­i­tan, but Google spokes­woman Su­san Cadrecha said the firm would “con­tinue to try and ex­pand the lim­its — and reach new heights — for Street View mov­ing for­ward.”

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