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Where Are They Now?

Google Trekker Snaps 9,500 Grand Canyon Panoramic Pics For Maps

Armchair exploring just got a lot more intrepid.

  • <p>Valderee, valderaa, valdereeeeeee, Valdera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. [<em>Image <a href="http://bit.ly/WDifai" target="_blank">Google Maps</a>, of course</em>]</p>
  • <p>Meet ya in Meteor Canyon. I'll be the one with the golf ball-cycling helmet hybrid sticking out of my backpack. [<em>Image by <a href="http://bit.ly/WBPBJq" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></em>]</p>
  • <p>Anyone who fails to be overwhelmed by the naked beauty of this view should keep walking. Vegas isn't that far away. [<em>Image by <a href="http://bit.ly/VxqzNN" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></em>]</p>
  • <p>All credit to whoever walked the Trekker down the Kaibab Trail. The pack weighs around 40 pounds. [<em>Image by <a href="http://bit.ly/XUUieI" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></em>]</p>
  • <p>Two from the Google team, Steve Silverman and Ryan Falor, tackling the Bright Angel trail. [<em>Image by <a href="http://google-latlong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/trekking-grand-canyon-for-google-maps.html" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></em>]</p>
  • <p>Don't cross the streams, Venkman! [<em>Image by <a href="http://google-latlong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/trekking-grand-canyon-for-google-maps.html" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></em>]</p>
  • <p>Shall I point out that Trekker uses Android OS? No, I think I'll just shut up and let you take in that beautiful view. In silence. [<em>Image by <a href="http://google-latlong.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/trekking-grand-canyon-for-google-maps.html" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></em>]</p>
  • <p>With a view like this, who cares about a 40-pound pack? Your chiropractor does, that's who. [<em>Image by <a href="http://bit.ly/Yl5GTh" target="_blank">Google Maps</a></em>]</p>
  • 01 /08
    | The Bright Angel Trail

    Valderee, valderaa, valdereeeeeee, Valdera-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. [Image Google Maps, of course]

  • 02 /08
    | Meteor Canyon, Arizona

    Meet ya in Meteor Canyon. I'll be the one with the golf ball-cycling helmet hybrid sticking out of my backpack. [Image by Google Maps]

  • 03 /08
    | Clouds, Computing

    Anyone who fails to be overwhelmed by the naked beauty of this view should keep walking. Vegas isn't that far away. [Image by Google Maps]

  • 04 /08
    | Kaibab Trail

    All credit to whoever walked the Trekker down the Kaibab Trail. The pack weighs around 40 pounds. [Image by Google Maps]

  • 05 /08
    | Backpackers, guides, the universe

    Two from the Google team, Steve Silverman and Ryan Falor, tackling the Bright Angel trail. [Image by Google Maps]

  • 06 /08
    | The Google Trekker team at work

    Don't cross the streams, Venkman! [Image by Google Maps]

  • 07 /08
    | "No coverage, dammit."

    Shall I point out that Trekker uses Android OS? No, I think I'll just shut up and let you take in that beautiful view. In silence. [Image by Google Maps]

  • 08 /08
    | Mind. Blown.

    With a view like this, who cares about a 40-pound pack? Your chiropractor does, that's who. [Image by Google Maps]

Wish you were here? That's the Bright Angel Trail, which has now got its very own panoply of panorama photos in Google Maps. It's one of 9,500 images of the Grand Canyon that Google has added to its mapping service—more scree view than Street View, it has to be said. The shots go hand in hand with last year's underwater pictures taken at seven locations all over the world, thrilling explorers everywhere. And who could forget the Black Marble?

None of these shots would have been possible without the hiker's version of Google Street Cars, Google Trekker, which the firm unveiled to the world last June. Essentially a backpack with a panoramic camera attached to it—think large fluorescent green golfball and you're almost there—but what we're thinking about is this: Where in the world do we want Google Trekker to go next? The Himalayas, perhaps? Or what about somewhere a bit more forbidden, like North Korea? Or One, Infinite Loop, Cupertino? Your picks in the comments, please.

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