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Furthest I've been [Mar. 29th, 2010|11:06 pm]
Douglas Spencer
After loneraven posted about visiting Shetland, I got thinking about the furthest I've been in the four cardinal directions.

Furthest north I've been is somewhere on the A93 between Banchory and Ballater. This was in August 1995, shortly before the Worldcon. Of course if I'd been driving in the opposite direction I'd have been on the other side of the road and therefore a couple of yards further north.

Furthest west I've been (on the ground) is probably on some taxiway somewhere at Washington Dulles International Airport, on various occasions between 2003 and 2006.

Furthest east I've been is where the where the Great Wall of China meets the sea sometime in May 2002.

Furthest south I've been is probably Huntington VA metro station, just outside Washington DC. I've been nearly as far south as that in China, but most of the tourism was either in Beijing, just a bit too far north, or along the wall, further north still. Furthest south here in Europe would be Bilbao, laughably nearby.

Later this year I hope to be going to New Zealand and Australia, which will smash my existing records.

[Edit: Northernmost is 644km away; Westernmost is 5890km away; Easternmost is 8350km away; Southernmost is quite near to Westernmost, at 5875km.]

[User Picture]From: bopeepsheep
2010-03-29 10:22 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-29 10:53 pm (UTC)
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)
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[User Picture]From: alextiefling
2010-03-29 10:34 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.
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[User Picture]From: vicarage
2010-03-29 10:52 pm (UTC)
I think I can trump you in all directions

Narvik, Norway
Slope Point, S Island New Zealand
Levuka, Fiji
Nuku-alofa, Tonga

Furthest Down, Death Valley, -280 ft
Furthest Up, Chacaltaya, Bolivia (17k ft)
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[User Picture]From: alextiefling
2010-03-29 11:03 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: vicarage
2010-03-30 06:00 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-29 11:24 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: the_magician
2010-03-30 01:39 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: drplokta
2010-03-30 06:05 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-03-30 08:11 am (UTC)
That's cheating. You have to keep one foot on the floor.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2010-03-30 08:51 am (UTC)
Although I've only mentioned it once, I've taken "on the ground" as implied throughout.
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[User Picture]From: nwhyte
2010-03-30 06:06 am (UTC)
I did this a while back, since when I have been to Nairobi airport which is much farther south than my previous record (Jerusalem).
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[User Picture]From: drplokta
2010-03-30 06:09 am (UTC)
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)
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From: camies
2010-03-30 06:18 am (UTC)
North: St Petersburg
South: Singapore
East: also Singapore
West: Banjul
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-03-30 08:10 am (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: julia_winolj
2010-03-30 09:29 am (UTC)
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...
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[User Picture]From: davidcook
2010-03-30 09:31 am (UTC)
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
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[User Picture]From: pigeonhed
2010-03-30 11:37 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: egyptophile
2010-03-30 08:29 pm (UTC)
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)
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