Google Maps Explores Mont Blanc, “Birthplace of Alpinism”

January 21, 2016

by Drew Zieff
Google Maps Explores Mont Blanc, “Birthplace of Alpinism”

It’s no wonder why the highest peak in western Europe has captivated so many. A central birthplace in the story of alpinism and a proving ground for up-and-coming climbers, this beautiful behemoth is home to some of the world’s most technical and aesthetic routes. 

But it’s not just old-school mountaineers that look to Mont Blanc as a muse. Speed record holder Ueli Steck and trail runner/mountaineer machine Kilian Jornet have special ties to this place as well, as does freeskier Candide Thovex. This Google Maps video explores both the magic of this place and the audacious souls that are drawn to it. If you want to look deeper, check out the behind the scenes streetview.


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