The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 31, 2013
 

Google Maps makes Grand Canyon virtual trek

 
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google Maps opened a virtual path to the wonders of the Grand Canyon on Thursday by adding panoramic images gathered by hikers with Android-powered camera systems strapped to their backs.

"These beautiful, interactive images cover more than 120km of trails and surrounding roads," Google Maps product manager Ryan Falor said in a blog post.

"Take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail, gaze out at the mighty Colorado River, and explore scenic overlooks in full 360- degrees." The pictures were gathered by Google Maps team members who hiked the rocky terrain with 18kg backpacks holding a camera system, "enduring temperature swings and a few muscle cramps along the way," Falor said.

People can view the photos when visiting online maps of the Grand Canyon.