questionswhat is the highest elevation you have ever been?

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I didn't hike, but 14,100, Pikes Peak

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I've been up around 38k feet. Airplane.

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...about 30,000 feet, give or take. Oh, you meant climbing. I lived in Denver for a while, and I've been in Santa Fe too. Santa Fe is around 7000 feet. I've been in plenty of mountains where the peaks measured at the 14000 - 15000 feet range, but I'm pretty sure that the passes through those mountains are closer to 8000 or so.

@zuiquan: What kind of aircraft was that where you were close to 40000?

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Aconcagua* - 22.8k feet
Denali/Mt McKinley* - 22k
Kilimanjaro* - 19.3k
Carstanz Pyramid* - 16k
Mt Rainier - 14.4k
Mt Kosciuszko* - 7.3k

* 7 Summits mountains. Kosciuszko may or may not count depending on whether you include Indonesia as part of the Australia/Oceana continent or not.

Hence my user id. I've only done 4/7...then I got married.

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Pikes Peak, also didn't climb (did get sick). Highest thing I've ever climbed besides a tower or two was the Ziggurat of Ur. It's only like 100'....

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@shrdlu: I believe it was a 747 but don't quote me on that.

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I didn't hike it but I went to Mount Washington.

Home of the world's worst weather! I stood at the little plaque that says you are at the highest point. :D

I also have visited the visitor centers at Mt. St Helens and Rainier, but those really probably don't count. :)

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@first2summit: Sweet! What's next, K2? Everest? or just the boring married life?

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Outside a pressurized aircraft cabin the highest I've been was in the neighborhood of 11,500-12,000 feet when I rode in a hot air balloon from Park City, UT.

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We were up close to 8k backpacking in Central Idaho last weekend. Highest was probably Timberline ski hill on Mt. Hood, ~ 8500 ft.

And, I've flown, so That's probably the overall highest.

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@davidschronic: I'm kind of done with mountain climbing for now. Married life and expecting baby and all. On my last climb, one of the people on our team lost a couple toes to frostbite.

Maybe I'm getting soft but I don't miss it that much. You're always cold, tired, often wet, carrying heavy loads, etc. The lack of air makes sleeping difficult, kills your appetite so you're forcing yourself to eat, stresses your digestive system, and going to the bathroom is less fun than you can imagine.

The good thing is that you do get good stories and camaraderie out of it. I still do the the smaller mountains like the 14ers but I think I'm done with the big mountains.

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I know I'm a nerd when I read this as "highest evolution you have ever been", because my mind associates things with Pokemon way too often XD

My highest elevation was around 4,000 meters (internationally they mark everything that way, bleh), in just one of the many huge mountains in Pokhara, Nepal. Pretty incredible :)

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pikes peak (around 14,115 ft, by car)
mount evans (around 14,265 ft, by car to the parking lot near the summit then by foot to the top)

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El Alto Airport in La Paz, Bolivia at 13,325 ft. which just happens to be the highest airport in the world.

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One time my son and I flew to the moon in a helicopter. We ate some moon-cheese and flew home. Best vacation ever.

At least that's the story he tells me.

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Under my own steam, Snowmass Mountain in Colorado, at 14096 feet (Wikipedia claims it is 14099 feet, though I'd swear it read 14096 on the little plaque on top way back then). It was back in 1985, when I was still backpacking (before I got married), on a two week trek from the eastern side of the Rockies to the western side.

I've also climbed many of the peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, though NOT Mount Washington (either car or hiking).

Using jet fuel, I believe it was 33,000 on a flight to France in 1992 and before that, about 30,000 feet on a flight to Rio in 1982.

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I'm a wimp. Tres Piedras, NM is my max altitude (8100ft, give or take), and it nearly killed me in the figurative sense. I nursed a nose bleed for two days before my travelling companion took pity on me and we drove back down to Taos. 1000ft makes a huge difference...

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@baqui63: The Rockies are still growing... Plus with GPS it's easier to accurately measure AGL.

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@dmaz: I saw the same thing. :) Outside of a plane flight, mine would be Mount Magazine at a paltry 2,700 feet. It is as beaufiful as it looks though. :)

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I passed a sign on the Peruvian section of the Pan-American highway that said 19000ft. Lots of coca leaves were chewed that day to get over the altitude sickness.

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Since I live in South Louisiana in an area near sea level (and frequently visit New Orleans which is mostly BELOW sea level), anything vaguely resembling a hill is impressive to me. That said, I've spent a couple of vacations at Lake Tahoe and made it to about 10,000 feet at Heavenly (most of the way via gondola. We hike occasionally, but don't climb (unless you count stairs). Not many climbing opportunities here in the flatlands.

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Time I got a free mason jar full of homegrown catnip.

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Highest I am know the height of is something like 8,500 feet (last elevation sign was 8,200 but that was not at the top). I may have been higher in a couple of spots in the alps during a vacation but honestly never saw any elevation signs that I remember so I have no idea if it topped it.

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@inkycatz: I did the same MT Washington but went up on the Cog Railway

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Watching the sunrise at the top of Haleakala on Maui, 10,023 feet.