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Google "Trekkers" Maps Street View for Hiking Trail

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    Google "trekkers" are helping you map out your next hiking trip and get a feel for being on the trail. Scott Budman reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014)

    Google "trekkers" are helping you map out your next hiking trip and get a feel for being on the trail.

    The backpack-type trekker carries 15 cameras and records the hiker's every move with the same technology used in Google Earth and Google Maps.

    "The trekker takes an image as the person walks -- every two and a half seconds," said Deanna Yick, a Google Street View manager. "That enables us to get a picture of what a place is like and a feel for being there."

    Hannah Lonergan recently went on a hike using a Google trekker.

    "It's a lot heavier, you have an antenna, you have to watch out for low-hanging branches," Lonergan said when asked how a trekker compares to a regular camping backpack. She added that the trekker weights about 60 pounds.

    The City of Monterey is working with Google to get trekkers on local trails.

    "We feel like this is a great way to showcase Monterey County," said Tammy Blount, Monterey City Convention Bureau CEO.

    Google officials said trekkers can handle privacy concerns on the spot. For example, if someone is hiking on the trial and doesn't want to be in the picture, the hiker can pause the camera and make sure the hiker's anonymity is preserved.