Following their vertical imagery project on El Capitan, Yosemite last year, Google Street View have just announced their latest undertaking - an impressive 360 degree virtual tour of Mont Blanc. Collecting the imagery involved a collaboration of world-renowned alpine photographers, skiers, mountaineers, climbers, and runners.
The programme enables users to run with mountain athlete Kilian Jornet, ice climb with Ueli Steck, join Catherine Destivelle on the Aiguille du Midi, ski with Candide Thovex and Laetitia Roux and follow Italian alpinist and guide Korra Pesce up and down the Goûter Route. Renowned French guide Patrick Gabarrou also describes glacial melt on the Mer de Glace and the effect of rising temperatures on the mountain environment.
Renowned cinematographer Renan Ozturk, UKC user and acclaimed alpine photographer Jonathan Griffith and Sender Films joined Google on Mont Blanc as part of the production team.
The imagery will also serve as a visual record of the current condition of Mont Blanc and as a reference point for those interested in comparing the visual manifestations of climate change.
Watch a video describing the project below: