There’s probably lots of people in this world that wouldn’t mind climbing some of the highest mountains in the world, but the reality is that stamina, cost, health and lack of experience are all factors that are holding them back. There are few people that can say that they have climbed to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, but as of today, there will be a lot more people that will have the opportunity, at least virtually.
Thanks to Google Maps, we have a new Street View special which is being called the World’s highest peaks. With this feature, users will be able to view the Seven Summits which are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. These summits include Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Everest and Elbrus to name just a few. Yes, you may not get the same exhilaration as someone that actually climbed one of these seven peaks, but at the same time, you don’t have to deal with the dangers of avalanches, crevasses, altitude sickness and weather.
Google was able to deliver this service after an 18 month process of capturing images with a digital camera, fisheye lens and tripod. This resulted in HDR photographs which the search giant was able to stitch together to develop a fuller picture.