Google Maps' New Mountain Summit Street View Lets You Peek Off the Peaks You'll Never Climb

By Eric Limer on at

Face it, you're no mountaineer. Unless you are, in which case congrats. But for the rest of us, there'll be no mountain-top revelations to make our souls take flight. Not in real life anyway. But Google Map's new summit shots are the next best thing.

Google's Dan Fredinburg, program manager and mountaineer, led Google Mountain Enthusiast teams up Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Elbrus in Russia, and up to the Everest South Base Camp in Nepal. But they didn't bring the adorably goofy trekker backpack along for the ride, instead opting for a lighter setup of just a tripod and camera with a fish-eye lens.

Unfortunately the team showed up just a little too early in the season to make it all the way to the top of Everest, and had to settle for base camp citing their guides' literal warning of certain death on the way to the peak, Fredinburg told Wired. But summit of Everest or not, the sights are still amazing, and have never been quite this easy to see for yourself. So go ahead and knock that of your list of things to see vicariously before you die. [Google via Wired]