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gordonyeUntitled Comment

gordonye

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It is probably a false claim (myth). This claim is widely used in official literature, but a number of people have disputed it. For example, Pikes peak is a highly qualified contender. Search google for "diablo kilimanjaro view".
Posted Sep 12, 2003 12:49 pm

BMS914Re: Untitled Comment

BMS914

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I used to live at the base of this mountain. The view is indeed fabulous, but the claim is from a plaque in the gift shop at the summit. Guy who made the claim had a hotel on the mountain long ago he was promoting. 3900' mountains have limited views!
Posted Feb 24, 2014 11:47 pm

mpbroUntitled Comment

mpbro

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I think there is a quantitative way of determining such a measure. On a digital elevation model, simply trace straight rays at all (reasonable) azimuths and elevations from the summit of interest to obtain a map like this: Half Dome.



Of course, this approach ignores haze and other atmospheric events (curving rays), and also ignores the earth's curvature (easy to correct for) but you get a pretty good idea of what's going on.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 1:28 pm

gordonyeUntitled Comment

gordonye

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Morgan, very nice exercise. You can calculate visibility areas with a standard GIS software like ArcInfo. However, the crux of the problem is obtaining enough digital elevation model data to cover all visible areas. This is very difficult as the visible areas can be 200+ miles in radius, which means a high resolution dataset of the area will be huge. Using a smaller dataset you'll always miss a few distant peaks.
Posted Nov 19, 2003 12:16 pm

gordonyeUntitled Comment

gordonye

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Yes, these are endemic plants on Mt Diablo; the names of quite a few native plants carry the name of the mountain.
Posted May 26, 2005 7:50 pm

DigglerUntitled Comment

Diggler

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Gordon,



I've heard the claim before that Diablo has one of the country's farther ranging views. Hadn't heard the bit about it being only 2nd to Kiliminjaro. How is that determined, or from which sources did you get that (not disputing your claim, merely curious)?
Posted Sep 12, 2003 11:42 am

gordonyeUntitled Comment

gordonye

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It is probably a false claim (myth). This claim is widely used in official literature, but a number of people have disputed it. For example, Pikes peak is a highly qualified contender. Search google for "diablo kilimanjaro view".
Posted Sep 12, 2003 12:49 pm

mpbroUntitled Comment

mpbro

Voted 10/10

I think there is a quantitative way of determining such a measure. On a digital elevation model, simply trace straight rays at all (reasonable) azimuths and elevations from the summit of interest to obtain a map like this: Half Dome.



Of course, this approach ignores haze and other atmospheric events (curving rays), and also ignores the earth's curvature (easy to correct for) but you get a pretty good idea of what's going on.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 1:28 pm

gordonyeUntitled Comment

gordonye

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Morgan, very nice exercise. You can calculate visibility areas with a standard GIS software like ArcInfo. However, the crux of the problem is obtaining enough digital elevation model data to cover all visible areas. This is very difficult as the visible areas can be 200+ miles in radius, which means a high resolution dataset of the area will be huge. Using a smaller dataset you'll always miss a few distant peaks.
Posted Nov 19, 2003 12:16 pm

nartrebUntitled Comment

nartreb

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Unless there's another Mt Diablo nearby, this mountain is in the news this week as the home of the thought-to-be-extinct

Mount Diablo Buckwheat
Posted May 26, 2005 6:48 pm

gordonyeUntitled Comment

gordonye

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Yes, these are endemic plants on Mt Diablo; the names of quite a few native plants carry the name of the mountain.
Posted May 26, 2005 7:50 pm

Scott FultonSummit Trail closed on 7/2/06

Scott Fulton

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As of July 2nd, 2006, the Summit Trail was closed at the South Gate Entrance due to landslides. There was a barrier about 200 or 300 yards from the trailhead. I'll try again later this summer, but I'll call the Park beforehand.
Posted Jul 3, 2006 10:05 pm

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