Climb Mont Blanc from your armchair thanks to Google
Google has crossed another frontier in mapping out Mont Blanc via its Street View function, meaning you can see the iconic mountain like never before.
The American search engine sent a team of climbers, skiers, and photographers to the summit, equipped with a camera capable of filming 360 degrees.
The result is spectacular. See the final minute of the ascension on YouTube’s: “Vivez les 100 derniers mètres jusqu’au sommet du Mont Blanc” below (and use your mouse to click and drag to see the view in every direction):
You can also see the splendour of the Mer de Glace glacier, as well as views of the mountain from the perspective of rock climbers, skiers, and mountain runners.
Ascend the mountain through the eyes of climber Kilian Jornet, who holds the speed record for ascending and descending Mont Blanc in just 4 hours 57 minutes or ice climb up a serac with record-setting alpine climber Ueli Steck. Why not ski with 14-time ski mountaineering champion Laetitia Roux and guide Patrick Gabarrou?
For the ascent to the summit, it was elite guide Korra Pesce who carried the Street View Trekker up and down the Goûter Route of the mountain.
Google said in a statement that the project “serves as a digital record of Mont Blanc as it appears today, so future outdoor enthusiasts and scientists can look back at this time capsule to see how the mountain has changed.”
Watch “Explore Mont Blanc with Kilian Jornet, Ueli Steck, Candide Thovex, and Google Maps”: