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View Poll Results: What is the highest ground elevation you have been to?
0 - 1,000 ft 0 0%
1,001 - 2,000 ft 0 0%
2,001 - 3,000 ft 1 1.69%
3,001 - 4,000 ft 1 1.69%
4,001 - 5,000 ft 0 0%
5,001 - 6,000 ft 2 3.39%
6,001 - 7,000 ft 2 3.39%
7,001 - 8,000 ft 0 0%
8,001 - 9,000 ft 0 0%
9,001 - 10,000 ft 1 1.69%
10,001 - 11,000 ft 8 13.56%
11,001 - 12,000 ft 4 6.78%
12,001 - 13,000 ft 11 18.64%
13,001 - 14,000 ft 2 3.39%
14,001 - 15,000 ft 22 37.29%
15,001 - 16,000 ft 2 3.39%
16,001 - 17,000 ft 1 1.69%
17,001 - 18,000 ft 1 1.69%
18,001 - 19,000 ft 0 0%
19,001 - 20,000 ft 0 0%
20,000+ ft 1 1.69%
42 feet below sea level 0 0%
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Old 08-10-2020, 04:24 PM
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What is the highest elevation you have been to while on the ground - airplanes are boring, maybe a really high balloon or rocket or something might be interesting to mention.

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Rocky Mountains outside of Boulder, CO. Nothing major, but high enough that I noticed it after some exertion that wouldn't have fazed me in WI.
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So which would be 'higher' for this:

Observation platform of Sears Tower
Ski Lift in the Rocky Mountains.
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So which would be 'higher' for this:

Observation platform of Sears Tower
Ski Lift in the Rocky Mountains.
I would say as long as whatever you are standing or sitting in is connected in some way to the ground.
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I spent the weekend at about 10,000 ft, which got me thinking about it.

My personal best is Ticlio Pass in Peru, at 15,807 ft. I've been across that I think 10 times.

Before that it was probably Pikes Peak (14,115 ft).
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I've been to the tops of Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak in Colorado, both a bit over 14,000 feet. I had to look up two other places I've been: (1) the top of Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, is (surprising to me) less than 10,000 feet, and (2) Nagarkot, Nepal, a charming little town with great views of Mt. Everest, is just over 7,000 feet. I've been to Denali National Park in Alaska but never got very high on the mountain itself.

I've also flown on the Concorde four times, each time reaching elevations just under 60,000 feet, much higher than ordinary airplanes reach. The highest I've ever flown on an ordinary plane, to my knowledge, was 48,000 feet, which is really quite unusual.

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Mauna Kea, HI, although I didn't realize it at the time.
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Mauna Kea, HI, although I didn't realize it at the time.
How did you manage to do that? I tried to get to the top of Mauna Kea and found that all the roads up there are tightly controlled and restricted. I just couldn't do it.

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How did you manage to do that? I tried to get to the top of Mauna Kea and found that all the roads up there are tightly controlled and restricted. I just couldn't do it.

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I did it twice. The first time we hiked up from the visitor center (it took several hours) and hitchhiked back down. The second time we hitchhiked in both directions. I think you needed to have an all wheel drive in order to do the last section. This was about 10 years ago.
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