Not on my bucket list, never on my bucket list, but if it were I now check it off

Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain


“. . . Google Maps users can use Street View for a first-person climb on both the The Nose and a portion of the Dawn Wall routes for scaling El Cap.”

The advantage of Google’s Street View mountaineering is that you don’t actually have to risk anything to do it, except maybe a static shock from your mouse depending on if you’ve been shuffling your feet around on carpeting.”

” . . . Alex Honnold, Lynn Hill and Tommy Caldwell performed the climb used to capture the imagery . . . “


7 comments on “Not on my bucket list, never on my bucket list, but if it were I now check it off

  1. In 1992, our two sons trekked with their Boy Scout troop from Mammoth Lakes area across to the Yosemite Valley, climbed Half Dome (on the cable provided) and came down Nevada Falls to Bridal Veil Falls. I met them at Nevada but my husband Bob had gotten to Half Dome as the boys were just climbing down. Good thing because Ethan, our 12-year-old and the youngest hiker, had badly sprained his ankle, so his dad carried his pack the rest of the way. I met the troop at Nevada Falls having gotten past Vernal Falls easily. Was terrified of meeting a bear, which I didn’t do, and absolutely shocked at the number of people hiking in flip flops! Only the serious hikers got to Nevada as I did. Our older son, Noah, was the scout leader at 16, though there were older boys on the hike. Had taken the kids 10 days overall. We’d dropped them off at Mammoth, driven home, then driven back the opposite route and camped along a creek outside of Yosemite watching a beaver family teach their babies how to build a dam before we drove into the park to get the kids. One of the most spectacular things I’ve ever done, and it was only a small part of what the kids achieved. The boys said that Half Dome simply terrified them, even with the cable to hang onto, but they were determined.
    I’d love to return to Yosemite – one of the most beautiful places on earth. Along with Mt. Whitney (our sons also climbed that, on another trek,) and Death Valley only a few miles away, Hawaii (every island is a wonder,) the Appalachians, the Everglades, Yellowstone, Denali, Niagara Falls, Mt. Olympus, the Grand Canyon, the Rockies, the Grand Tetons, the Great Lakes, the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts, the Painted Desert, the Mississippi, Shenandoah, Columbia, and Susquehanna Rivers, the Redwoods, and Mammoth Caves, it’s hard to beat the USA for amazing natural wonders. I’ve seen most of those I’ve listed. Like you, I have no desire to climb El Capitan. Up and down a stairway is good enough for me. But any of the other sites I’ve listed and about 1000 more – I’ll go anywhere. Just not climbing with my fingers and toes. Still, the 3 climbers in the video are amazing. Thanks for a great visual adventure, Judy.


    • Shari B-P,
      Wowza. I think you have the start of an adventure novel or . . . a future as a travel writer. Your sentence “Was terrified of meeting a bear, which I didn’t do,” cracked me up (the “which I didn’t do” part).
      I would love to see beavers teaching their babies but, like you, wouldn’t love to see a bear.


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