Google Street View Takes On World's Highest Peaks
Google Street View has already checked several notable "to do" items off its list, from the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef. Unsurprisingly, this branch of the tech giant is again pushing the limits...but this time upward.
The company has sent a group of intrepid travelers it dubbed the “Mountain Enthusiast” team to document the Seven Summits—the seven tallest peaks in the world. Google Adventurer Dan Fredinburg (yes, that is his real title) has already helped lead teams up Aconcagua in Argentina, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Elbrus in Russia. He and his colleagues also made it to Everest Base Camp, but could go no farther due to conditions.
On each mountain, the team shoots photos with fisheye lenses. Now you can access these remote peaks from any place with an internet connection.
When he’s not scaling mountains, Fredinburg is a Program Manager at Google…although we expect it will be hard to go back to his regular job when this adventure is over.