Google earth taking pics and videos of crags - April Fool's ;)


Thursday, 1 April

Via Google Earth, you can pretty much see pictures of most houses and streets in the world. Now, this service will also include such pictures for hikers as well as climbers in order to get more people into nature. In a unique test, 8a has provided all GPS coordinates of our more than 5 500 crags to Google and they will start taking pictures every day at noon. This means that if you top out a route at noon your picture will be available through Google on the World Wide Web.

If this turns out great, Google will also start filming climbing 24/7 on a gigantic live-stream. IFSC are also involved and there will be judges monitoring special competition crags and via the satellite system, you will see green stars blinking for top-outs 8a and harder. In the longer run, such "green stars" ascent will automatically be recorded in the 8a database. So remember to always look up and give a smile and a thumbs up around noon and you might just go viral.

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