Posted by: travelrat | August 2, 2020

How Low Can You Go?

Dead Sea … the lowest of the low!

One of the discussions we’ve had in our ‘virtual get-togethers’ on Twitter is ‘What’s the furthest north/south/east/west you’ve been?’ At first glance, it was simply a matter of getting the atlas out … but, what criteria should we apply? For instance … although we sailed around Cape Horn, the furthest south on which I’ve set foot on land is Ushuaia. I took the ‘foot on land’ option … for ‘furthest west’ I put Skagway, although we sailed westward from there to Glacier Bay, we didn’t land there.

Other participants chose the ‘land option’, too; they had sailed over the antemeridian and flown over the North Pole, and thought that didn’t really count.

It started to make sense when it was asked ‘What’s the highest/lowest you’ve been?’ Of course, most of us had flown on trans-continental airliners, which usually operate between 30.000 and 40,000 feet … (or, ‘Flight Level 300 to 400’ ‘in the trade’!)

Here, a bit of research was called for. Cuzco, at 3400 metres, or 11.200 feet took the prize. The other contender, Sulphur Mountain, in Alberta, came a very poor second at 2451 metres or 8041 feet. I think I’d worked it out anyway. At Cuzco, I felt the effects of altitude (La Soroche) somewhat; on Sulphur Mountain, I didn’t.

No disputing the lowest point, though. The Dead Sea lies 430 metres/ 1412 feet below sea level … and I’m pretty sure no cave system we’ve ever been in goes that low.


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