Google Launches a Vertical Street View Collection That Showcases the El Capitan Rock Formation in Yosemite

Google has launched what they’re calling “the first-ever vertical Street View collection” that showcases the famous El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park. To capture the collection, Google worked with climbers Tommy Caldwell, Lynn Hill, and Alex Honnold.

Maybe it was the sheer exhaustion from being in the middle of a 19-day climb of the Dawn Wall, but when the guys at Google Maps and Yosemite National Park asked if I wanted to help them with their first-ever vertical Street View collection of El Capitan in Yosemite, I didn’t hesitate. Yosemite has been such an important part of my life that telling the story of El Capitan through Street View was right up my alley—especially when it meant working with the Google engineers to figure out some absurd challenges.

Google Street View El Capitan
Just a normal day on on the Texas Flake for Alex Honnold

Google Street View El Capitan
Brett Lowell and Corey Rich capturing Street View of Alex Honnold on the King Swing

Google Street View El Capitan
Lynn’s epic ascent up El Cap is now in Street View

images and GIFs via Official Google Blog