- Ben West
Like a google earth street view, except for trekking/climbing to allow handicapped people to join the fun
My idea is for a modified Google street view on Google maps which records famous trekking routes throughout the world.
Recently I was trekking alone through the Huayhuash Circuit in Peru and got to thinking that it is such a shame for disabled many people to only view photos of these amazing places and not experience them in 3D as walkers do.
After daydreaming in Peru I was in Marseille, France with a friend and saw a Google street car. This got me to think “Why not design a hat with 360 degree’s of wide angle lens’s attached (similar in design to the google car attachment) to record the famous treks in the world for people to enjoy?” I would envisage a switch inserted in the heel of a boot to trigger a photo to be taken... but all these technical details are easily sorted out. This system would also work for high altitude climbing expeditions. Imagine a disabled person being able to experience every step of a climb on Mount Everest, or an older trekker being able to reminisce on a past trek, in 3D, every step of the way.
I have trekked in Tasmania, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ecuador, Peru and Argentina and have climbed ‘proper’ mountains in New Zealand, Nepal, Peru and Ecuador. I have just returned to Denmark after successfully summiting Manaslu (8163mtrs) in the Gorkha region of Nepal. (see www.speedfly8000.com) Needless to say I am competent with carrying big loads over great distances and would love to share my fun with people less able to join me. What do you think?