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Old 08-28-2014, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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El Capitan in Yosemite CA. I believe it's right around 10,000 ft.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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The highest I've been was Glen Pass at 11,928 when hiking the Rae Lakes Loop in Kings Canyon NP.

It was late August and we got a very fierce thunder and lightning storm while above the tree line. All we could do was to tuck our packs in as far as possible under a bit of overhanging boulder, take one of our thermarests to squat on as insulation from the ground and tuck ourselves under another boulder about 100 feet away and hope for the best. The air reeked of ozone.

Sure was glad when the storm rolled away, we got over the pass and the sun came out for an few hour or so and we were able to dry off some of our things by draping them over some small shrubs. We didn't get very far down the mountain that day. Next morning we were awoken by what at first seemed to me like a squadron of fighter planes and were thinking what the heck? It turned out to be a trail crew dynamiting an area of the trail that had been blocked by falling rock debris from the storm.

That was my first back packing trip but not my last, although I never again went with the jerk that had invited me on that trip, mostly I went with my dogs who were much better company and all three of them carried their own back packs.
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:06 PM
 
Location: NY/LA
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5000m+ (16,400 ft+) on a trip through the Bolivian altiplano. After flying from JFK (sea level) to La Paz (~3650m), the first two days acclimating to the altitude were miserable. The rest of the trip was incredible.

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Old 09-01-2014, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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Grand Canyon South Rim - Approx. 6800 feet.
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Old 09-01-2014, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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5000m+ (16,400 ft+) on a trip through the Bolivian altiplano. After flying from JFK (sea level) to La Paz (~3650m), the first two days acclimating to the altitude were miserable. The rest of the trip was incredible.
My first day at such an altitude was miserable. Worst headache I have ever had. A bonus was I lost weight from just walking around huffing and puffing.

The only real idea of the altitude I was at was a sign for 4,990 meters somewhere during the trip.
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Old 09-02-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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El Capitan in Yosemite CA. I believe it's right around 10,000 ft.
El Capitan (Yosemtie Valley) is 7,569' (2,307 m).

The granite cliffs of Yosemite Valley seem spectacularly lofty because they rise almost vertically 3-4000 ft (900-1200 m) feet above the valley floor which is only at about 4,000 feet (1200 m) above sea level itself. But they'e actually pretty low in an absolute sense. By comparison, in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado there are spots where the elevation reaches or surpasses that of El Cap yet you're essentially standing in a valley or on a plain at the foot of a peak rising another 7k+ ft above.

I say this, not wight he intention of trivialize your own milestone (hiking El Cap is an achievement, climbing it one of world class proportions), but because it's anecdotally interesting to me, having lived in both places. I would like to go to the Andes and/or Himalayas someday to see that comparison made again, but where the valley/plain is at 14k or higher.
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Old 09-05-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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Just below 5200m (17,000ft) in Tibet.
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Old 09-09-2014, 12:59 PM
 
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The highest pass on the Inca Trail--13,829 feet.
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Old 09-09-2014, 02:32 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I don't know, but I've been in the Andes and also the Himalayas (not to mention the Alps, the Rockies, the Atlas, the Pyrenees, etc.)

Some places I've been:

Rohtang Pass, India - elevation 13,051 feet
Pico Bolivar, Venezuela - el. 16,332 (but not to the very top. )
Shigatse, Tibet - el. 12,060
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:09 PM
 
Location: CO
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Mount Evans CO 14,265 by car in 1963 and again in 1969. Highest paved road in North America, it has a gift shop at the top years ago but that burned down a few years ago. Excellent view of the Rockies!
Yep, that was my highest too. First time I went up was in 1963 also, had hot chocolate at the Crest House on top. It was great, so sorry it burned down in 1979 and was never rebuilt. Been there many times since then and can see Mt. Evans from the street outside my house. Lovely view.
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