Want to see what it’s like to climb El Capitan? Now you can.
Google announced its first-ever vertical Street View collection this week, starting with none other than Yosemite’s most famous climb — the 3,000 ascent called the Nose on El Capitan. By partnering with famous climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell, they’ve captured many angles of what is considered a right of passage for almost every climber on the planet.
Working through some “absurd challenges” to capture their experiences, climber Caldwell writes in the Google blog post, “Climbing is all about flirting with the impossible and pushing the boundaries of what you think you can be done. Capturing Street View imagery 3,000 feet up El Capitan proved to be an extension of that, especially when you take a camera meant for the inside of a restaurant and mount it thousands of feet up the world’s most iconic rock wall.”
The above video is filled with 360-degree jaw-dropping views, stellar enough to put someone like me, who is terrified of heights, into a bit of a panic. Enjoy.