Mountaineering charities in Scotland have welcomed Google’s choice to research the routing challenge at Ben Nevis, probably the most common locations and the very best mountain within the space. The tech large’s response got here after The John Muir Belief and Mountaineering Scotland warned hikers in opposition to relying an excessive amount of on know-how to navigate by the mountains, and lambasted Google for suggesting “doubtlessly deadly” routes to Ben Nevis. They’ve additionally expressed concern over the rising variety of hikers utilizing mapping apps to hike Ben Nevis. Relying on how folks seek for the route on Google Maps, it directs them to the closest automobile park to the summit, which is Steal Falls, the Belief mentioned.
Nevertheless, for walkers the route up Ben Nevis “begins from the Customer Centre”, the charity mentioned, including that regardless of placing up an indication directing folks, many usually “overlook” the instructions. Responding to the issues, Google mentioned, “We constructed Google Maps with security and reliability in thoughts, and are working shortly to research the routing challenge on Ben Nevis.”
Heather Morning, Mountaineering Scotland’s Mountain Security Adviser, reportedly mentioned that it was completely logical for these new to mountain strolling to verify Google Maps for navigation. Nevertheless, once they run a seek for Ben Nevis “and click on on the ‘automobile’ icon, up pops a map of your route, taking you to the automobile park on the head of Glen Nevis, adopted by a dotted line showing to point out a path to the summit”, the John Muir Belief quoted Morning as saying in a put up.
Even probably the most skilled mountaineers would discover following that route troublesome, Morning mentioned, as a result of it handed by a really “steep, rocky, and pathless terrain” the place it will be difficult to discover a protected line even in good visibility, not to mention at nighttime. Morning added that if one added “low cloud and rain”, the route urged by Google Maps can be all of the extra harmful.
Moreover, Morning mentioned that although it is easy to imagine that every one the knowledge on the web was updated and protected, that wasn’t the case, as a result of “there have been plenty of incidents lately the place following routes downloaded off the web have resulted in harm or worse”.
The charities suggested folks considering of climbing Ben Nevis, or every other hill or mountain within the space for that matter, to additionally search the recommendation of native guides as a substitute of simply counting on maps.