Google creates vertical street view of El Capitan

Climber Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell and others helped Google with a streetview of El Capitan in Yosemite.

Where will Google stop? They’ve mapped streets and trails, even Everest Base Camp. Now,  the search engine giant has mapped El Capitan, one of the most famous big wall climbs in the world. As reported in Outside Online:

“Our goal has always been to provide the most comprehensive experience to people around the world,” says Deanna Yick, program manager of Google Maps Street View. “Just because the road ends and we can’t drive a car there doesn’t mean there aren’t things we want to see.”

One day after his ascent of the Dawn Wall last January, Caldwell strapped a tripod and camera set-up typically used by Google to photograph 360-degree views of businesses to his backpack and went right back up the wall. “Tommy really got us dialed in with all the logistics,” say Yick, “He was our main rigger and helped us figure out how to suspend the camera horizontally and get it working 3,000 feet off the ground.”

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