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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: 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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