You Can Now Scale El Capitan on Google Maps

Climbing Yosemite's 2,900-foot El Capitan is, for once, relatively easy. Thanks to Google Maps, you can now virtually ascend the park's legendary granite route, The Nose, via Street View. This opportunity exists thanks to El Capitan pioneers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold, and Tommy Caldwell. Hill free-climbed The Nose of El Capitan in 1993, the first person male or female to ever do so, while Honnold made waves for the fastest ascent of The Nose in 2012, which included climbing in several portions without protective ropes. And Caldwell recently became one of the first two people to free-climb El Cap's fabled Dawn Wall. These accomplished climbers worked closely with Google to make sure that even if most can’t physically climb the famous monolith, they can experience it. The climbers were outfitted with cameras that tracked their movements, while photographers took shots from below. This journey joins a database of Google treks, including the Everest Base Camp and the Great Barrier Reef, which can all be accessed here.

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