Google Conquers El Capitan

In the latest installation for its Street View series, Google has scaled Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan. Partnering with legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Tommy Caldwell, and Alex Honnold, the search-engine giant scaled the 3,000-foot granite mammoth to capture mapping data from thousands of feet high in the sky.

Caldwell wrote in a blog post, “Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think can be done. Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall.”

The spectacular images include mystifying 360-degree panoramas of the climbers midway through their trek, at night, and images from the unbelievable climb up the Nose of El Capitan. You take the climb yourself, here or read more about it on The Verge.

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