Google Maps Lambasted in Scotland for Suggesting ‘Doubtlessly Deadly’ Route Choices to Hike Ben Nevis

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Mountaineering charities in Scotland have welcomed Google’s determination to research the routing difficulty at Ben Nevis, one of the in style 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 via the mountains, and lambasted Google for suggesting “probably deadly” routes to Ben Nevis. They’ve additionally expressed concern over the growing 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 automotive park to the summit, which is Steal Falls, the Belief stated.

Nonetheless, for walkers the route up Ben Nevis “begins from the Customer Centre”, the charity stated, including that regardless of placing up an indication directing folks, many typically “overlook” the instructions. Responding to the issues, Google stated, “We constructed Google Maps with security and reliability in thoughts, and are working rapidly to research the routing difficulty on Ben Nevis.”

Heather Morning, Mountaineering Scotland’s Mountain Security Adviser, reportedly stated that it was completely logical for these new to mountain strolling to verify Google Maps for navigation. Nonetheless, once they run a seek for Ben Nevis “and click on on the ‘automotive’ icon, up pops a map of your route, taking you to the automotive park on the head of Glen Nevis, adopted by a dotted line showing to indicate a path to the summit”, the John Muir Belief quoted Morning as saying in a publish.

Even probably the most skilled mountaineers would discover following that route troublesome, Morning stated, as a result of it handed via a really “steep, rocky, and pathless terrain” the place it will be difficult to discover a secure line even in good visibility, not to mention in the dead of night. Morning added that if one added “low cloud and rain”, the route instructed by Google Maps could be all of the extra harmful.

Moreover, Morning stated that although it is simple to imagine that each one the knowledge on the web was updated and secure, that wasn’t the case, as a result of “there have been a variety of incidents lately the place following routes downloaded off the web have resulted in damage or worse”.

The charities suggested folks pondering of mountain climbing Ben Nevis, or some other hill or mountain within the space for that matter, to additionally search the recommendation of native guides as an alternative of simply counting on maps.


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