Google Street View has just reached new heights, literally. You can now explore Mont Blanc with some of the world's most famous mountaineers from the comfort of your own home.
Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and in western Europe
It is located on the border of France and Italy
Mont Blanc means ?White Mountain? for its snowfields and glaciers
Its height varies depending on the depth of the summit's snow cap
Google Street View's latest project allows you to virtually walk the entirety of Mont Blanc's Goûter Route. The panoramic imagery also helps you explore the summit with 360° angles. A team used a high range Trekker camera to document their journey all the way to the top of the summit and back down again.
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The mountaineers that feature in the photos are extremely experienced and familiar with Western Europe's highest peak. Kilian Jornet holds the speed record for ascending and descending Mont Blanc, in just 4 hours 57 minutes. Ueli Steck is a record-setting alpine climber and Laetita Roux is a14-time ski mountaineering champion. Also on the team are french climbing legend Catherine Destivelle and free skier Candide Thovex.
Google stressed that this imagery on Street View serves as an important digital record of Mont Blanc which is being affected by global warming. It will allow environmentalists to track snowfall on the mountain, as well as glacier shifts.
It seems that Google Street View is pushing its boundaries more and more. Last year the company took on the challenge of Yosemite national park's cliff face El Capitan, with the help of three of the world's most famous climbers.