Google Maps Now Lets You Climb Mountains

1:29 p.m. on September 4, 2015 (EDT)
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The El Capitan rock formation is a massive, 3,000-foot monolith in Yosemite National Park in California. Due to its elevation and challenging sheer vertical rock face, it has become a popular favorite location for rock climbers and B.A.S.E. jumpers from all over the globe. The name El Capitan is the Spanish word for "captain," which is a loose translation of the local Native American name for it. 

Although it was long considered impossible to climb, El Capitan - or "El Cap" as climbers call it - was finally conquered for the first time in 1958. The first free climb, however, did not occur until Lynn Hill managed the feat in 1993. Today, it continues to be a major attraction for the best climbers around the world. Now, thanks to Google Maps, the experience of climbing along El Cap can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone.

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