Adventure Planning Helped by Google Trekker
Google Trekker for Adventure Planning

Adventure Planning at It’s Best!

Google unleashed it’s backcountry ‘street view’ last summer  as part of their quest for the perfect online map. That’s right, adventure planning from home is going to be a cinch once they’ve completed mapping all of your favorite outdoor destinations. Imagine being able to investigate the Grand Canyon and ‘walk’ it’s trails from your computer to decide if it’s really the vacation spot you’re hoping for…oh wait, you already can!

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Now, they’re putting their trekking camera up for grabs (a 40-lb., 15 five megapixel camera) to groups that pass the application process so that they can broaden the reach of their program. From the public application form:

If you represent an organization such as a tourism board, non-profit, government agency, university or research group that would like to take photos with the Trekker for future inclusion on Google Maps, please fill out this form. Tell us more about your proposed locations and upcoming trips, and we’ll get back to you if/when there’s an opportunity for us to partner with you on a Trekker collection. Thanks!

Help get the word out to groups you think might qualify – and note, part of the application asks if sponsorship will be required!

What’s the Next Step in Adventure Planning for Google Maps?

We can’t help but wonder where this Google exploratory push will head towards next, but we’re excited to find out. Will the next step be Google Paddling Trails? We’re curious to find out!