So where's your midpoint?
Three of my four points are in the continental US - LA, Houston, and Newark NJ - always further north than I think it is. I've never been further east than Poland, so I think that makes my midpoint somewhere off the east coast of the USA.
My two candidates for furthest-south are so close to my candidates for east and west that I'm much more nearly a triangle.
Mid-way east/west would be in the north-east of Muş Province
in eastern Turkey; if I go north a little to compensate for Scotland as an outlier, I get to Stavropol Krai
in the south-west corner of Russia.Edited at 2010-03-29 10:54 pm (UTC)
Furthest north: Ävsbyn, Norrbotten, Sweden
, last week of 2001 (I may have been slightly further north in a plane 5 miles above Greenland or the Canadian arctic, but that doesn't count.)
Furthest west: Outer harbour, Victoria, BC, Canada
, June 2005
Furthest east: St Helena Island, Queensland
, May 2002
Furthest south: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland
, although I have a nagging memory that we actually made it as far as Coolangatta
- that was all in May 2002, too.
Dude, you've started a meme.
I think I can trump you in all directions
Slope Point, S Island New Zealand
Furthest Down, Death Valley, -280 ft
Furthest Up, Chacaltaya, Bolivia (17k ft)
I also have been to Death Valley, and crossed the sluggish Amargosa at the top of the Badwater Basin. Unfortunately, I've never been as prolific a climber of hills and mountains as I'd like, so my highest is probably changing planes in Denver, CO - the Mile-High City.
I didn't bother with the 4 mile walk at Badwater to get 3' lower.
You can drive to Chacaltaya, as it was a ski resort before global warming, so the climb was but 500'
And of course you can drive up two 14eers, Mount Evans and Pikes Peak, which I always thought cheating, so I've also climbed Greys and Torreys properly, when I lived in Colorado.
I doubt furthest down gets much lower than sea level.
Furthest up is on the Chinese wall at Heita, at about 5000 feet.
So you trump me on both of those too.
I'd have to look at a map!
Definitely been to Stockholm, Sweden, have flown north of Russia on way to Japan, have been to Sydney, Australia. Singapore. Hong Kong. Japan. And San Francisco two weeks ago. Have walked to the top of Ben Nevis, and descended into various caves in the US. Have been to the top of the Twin Towers, the Empire State Building (well observation deck) and Sears Tower (now with some other silly name! Willis Tower?) as well as the crown of the Statue of Liberty, the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the observation deck on the Tokyo Tower, and to the Grand Canyon. Gave up in the queue for the Eiffel Tower (another time!) and I've "gophered" Stonehenge (I was a "peace steward" when they reopened Stonehenge to the public on midsummer a number of years ago)
Have been inside the secure computer centre in the Pentagon, and in the Oval Office of the Whitehouse (and behind the scenes in Watergate, the hotel!) ... and had a pass for the Library of Congress to do research into conjuring!
If you've been to the US, then you've been considerably further north than Scotland en route, though you won't have had a chance to stop and take a look around.
That's cheating. You have to keep one foot on the floor.
Although I've only mentioned it once, I've taken "on the ground" as implied throughout.
I did this a while back
, since when I have been to Nairobi airport which is much farther south than my previous record (Jerusalem).
North: somewhere over Greenland, in an aeroplane
South: Cape Point, South Africa (the southernmost point in Africa)
East: Narita airport, Tokyo (or just east of Narita in an aeroplane preparing to land)
West: Cape Blanco, Oregon (the westernmost point in the continental US)
North: St Petersburg
East: also Singapore
North... Brora, Sutherland, Scottieland
South - either Durban or Sydney, I will have to check on my solar powered globe.
West - San Diego.
East - probably Osaka, Japan oops, no, Cape Tribulation, Queensland.
Wierdest - Poltava, Ukraine
I seem to have put it about a bit and therefore have no idea where my furthest east meets my furthest west, etc:
Eire, Scotland, Wales, Sweden, Norway (furthest north?), Gottenburg, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand (poss furthest south - Stewart Island off bottom of South Island), Candada (Toronto), Hawaii, various other US destinations (including Seattle, LA, SF, Chicago, Orlando & the Florida Keyes), Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
Experiences I would recommend for your bucket list:
Bolivian Salt Flats, Walk to Machu Picchu, Mysore Palace (India) and Petra (Jordan).
Still got Africa and China to visit...
North - some point in Iceland, roughly in the area of Grisholl (around 65° N, just missed out on the Arctic Circle)
South - possibly near Huonville, Tasmania (about 43° S)
East - Brisbane, roughly 153° E
West - San Francisco, about 122° W
Globally, north would be just above Oslo, East around Tbilisi, West was Harpers Ferry, and south Fuengirola.
Within the British Isles, I went up to Handa Island last summer, over to Keem Bay the year before, and I remember a childhood visit to The Lizard, but I think furthest East is probably Folkestone.
I can claim a significant northern point, but in the other direction, I've not even made it south of the Equator.
North - Nordkapp, Norway (>71°N)
South - Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka
West - San Francisco
East - Nargakot, Nepal (32 km east of Kathmandu)