GOOGLE STREET VIEW GOES VERTICAL

Google expands its Street View capabilities giving web users the opportunity to 'climb' Yosemite's El Capitan

El Capitan is one of the most famous climbs around. Best described as a sky-scraping, vertical slab of rock, it takes a high degree of climbing prowess to be able to reach the top and to see the legendary panorama. 

However, thanks to Google and three top climbers it's now just a click away.

This year Tommy Caldwell, Alex Honnold and Lynn Hill all took part in a new project to 'map' the 3,000ft peak of El Capitan in the first-ever vertical Google Street View.

By a scroll of the mouse keyboard climbers can move step-by-step up the Yosemite mountain, and are able to enjoy 360-degree views along the way. Technical descriptions of the climb are also available alongside.

The mapping affords a look into climbing the peak like no other before, with users being able to view the climbers negotiating extremely technical sections and even resting at camp during the night.

"Yosemite’s driven so much of my life that I’m excited to be able to share it with the world through my eyes," said Tommy Caldwell on Google's blog. "But my hope is that this new imagery will inspire you to get out there and see Yosemite for yourself… whether you travel up a rock wall or just down the trail."

Click HERE to read Tommy Caldwell's full blog post and to find out more about the new mapping.