Google Maps suggests ‘doubtlessly deadly’ routes up Ben Nevis, say mountain charities

Scottish hiking charities have criticised Google for suggesting routes up Ben Nevis and different mountains they are saying are “doubtlessly deadly” and direct other folks over a cliff.

The John Muir Agree with, which takes care of the higher reaches of the United Kingdom’s easiest mountain, mentioned makes an attempt to touch the corporate over the problem have been met with silence.

The charity mentioned sure searches for routes up Ben Nevis on Google Maps directed customers to the auto park nearest the summit because the crow flies, after which indicated a strolling path that used to be “extremely bad, even for knowledgeable climbers”.

Nathan Berrie, Nevis conservation officer for the agree with, mentioned: “The issue is that Google Maps directs some guests to the Higher Falls automotive park, probably as a result of it’s the closest automotive park to the summit.

“However this isn’t the proper path and we continuously come throughout teams of green walkers heading against Steall Falls or up the south slopes of Ben Nevis believing it’s the path to the summit.”

Heather Morning, protection adviser for (*5*)Hiking Scotland, mentioned even skilled climbers would have bother with the prompt path. “For the ones new to hillwalking, it might appear completely logical to take a look at Google Maps for info on get for your selected mountain.

“However whilst you enter Ben Nevis and click on at the ‘automotive’ icon, up pops a map of your path, taking you to the auto park on the head of Glen Nevis, adopted through a dotted line showing to turn a path to the summit.

“Even essentially the most skilled mountaineer would have problem following this path. The road is going thru very steep, rocky, and pathless terrain the place even in just right visibility it might be difficult to discover a protected line. Upload in low cloud and rain and the prompt Google line is doubtlessly deadly.”

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(*11*)(*10*)A Google Maps screenshot issued through Hiking Scotland appearing a deadly ‘path’ up Ben Nevis. {Photograph}: Google Maps/PA

The charity mentioned Google additionally directed customers into “life-threatening terrain” for different Munros, the phrases for a mountain in Scotland with an elevation of greater than 3,000 ft (914 metres).

It mentioned for An Teallach within the north-west Highlands, a strolling path prompt through the quest engine would take other folks over a cliff.

Morning mentioned: “It’s all too simple at the moment to suppose that knowledge on the net is all just right stuff, right kind, up to the moment and protected.

“Unfortunately, revel in displays this isn’t the case and there were quite a lot of incidents just lately the place following routes downloaded off the web have led to damage or worse.”

Hiking Scotland and the John Muir Agree with mentioned they have got appealed to Google to seek advice from them however that efforts “thus far were met with silence”.

They beneficial climbers cross-check knowledge on a map or seek the advice of an area information.

A Google spokeswoman mentioned: “We constructed Google Maps with protection and reliability in thoughts, and are running temporarily to analyze the routing factor on Ben Nevis.

“Along with the use of authoritative information and top definition imagery to replace the map, we inspire native organisations to offer geographic details about roads and routes thru our Geo Knowledge Add software.”