By Amy Udiat | CNN
The region’s mountaineering agency has warned that searchers are using Google Maps to reach the tops of Scotland’s highest mountains and other peaks in the region.
The John Muir Trust said Thursday that a growing number of people are using Google Maps to navigate. Ben Nevis The risk is being managed in a way that is “extremely dangerous even for experienced riders”.
Popular tourist destination Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 1,345 meters (4,413 feet). While thousands are climbing to the top of it annually, climbing to the top is not without risks and there have been record deaths in the mountains in recent times like this year.
“The problem is that Google Maps leads some visitors to the Upper Falls car park, probably the closest car park to the summit,” Nathan Berry, the Nevis conservation officer at the John Muer Trust, said in a statement.
“But it’s not the right route and we often bring in teams of inexperienced walkers who believe that this is the way to get to the top, along the southern opal route of Steel Falls or Ben Nevis,” Barry added.
Mountaineering Scotland further warned that a route suggested by Google Maps was “potentially fatal”.
“For this new mountain trek, it would be perfectly logical to check Google Maps for information on how to reach your chosen mountain,” explained Heather Morning, Scotland’s mountain protection adviser, in a statement.
“But when you input Ben Ben Nevis and click on the ‘Car’ icon, a map of your path pops up after Glenn Nevis heads to the car park, then a dotted line appears showing the way to the top.”
“Even the most experienced mountaineer will have difficulty following this path. The line passes through very steep, rocky and unpaved terrain where it is a challenge to find a safe line even with good visibility. Add in less clouds and rain and the proposed Google line is possible.” Deadly “”
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He added that Google Maps suggested other routes that would lead users to “life-threatening areas” when they tried to navigate other high peaks in the country, where 1,062 meters un-talach.
“For a tailwind in the northwest, a ‘walking’ route was entered into the search engine and the line that was given would give people a steep rise,” he warned.
“All the good stuff, accurate, up-to-date and secure ass on the internet today, sadly, experience shows that this is not the case and there have been a number of recent incidents where the following routes downloaded on the internet have caused injuries or worse damage,” he said. Said.
Organizations want to consult with Google to remove any “deadly” routes, Mountaineering Scotland said, adding that appealing to Google from John Moore was unopposed.
A Google spokesman told CNN that the agency was investigating the allegations.
“We’ve created Google Maps with safety and reliability in mind, and are working fast to track routing in Ben Nevis and surrounding areas,” the spokesman said in an email.
“In addition to using approval data and high-definition images to update the map, we encourage local agencies to provide geographic information about roads and routes through our Geo Data Upload tool.”
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