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Postby Gafoto » Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:37 pm

134 miles! Not too shabby at all.
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Postby Dan Leonhard » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:18 pm

this is a cool thread that sparked curiosity about one of my own photos that I had since forgotten about. This photo was taken from Thunder Mountain in Juneau, AK (N 58.381389 and W -134.524167) looking west toward Glacier Bay:
http://www.summitpost.org/image/597796/176118/chilkat-range-and-fairweather.html

Judging from the size of the peak and direction, I think you can see Mount Fairweather behind the Chilkat Range. About 120 miles line of sight. If this is fairweather, it'd probably be my record to date.
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Postby Marmaduke » Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:08 pm

"Steelman" reports on his Dick's Peak page (Desolation Wilderness/South Tahoe) that the Trinity Alps are visable on clear days. Not sure of the distance but looks to be about 175 miles. Troy
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Postby calebEOC » Fri Feb 19, 2010 1:33 am

Adams at 130 miles
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Rainier at 150 miles
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Stuart at 120+ miles (only 9451 elevation)
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Postby simonov » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:00 pm

Click on the photo for a larger image:

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Visible from the top of Mt San Gorgonio on a clear November morning:

San Clemente Island, 125 miles away.
Sierra Nevada, 185 miles away.
Mt Charleston, about 163 miles away.
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Re: Not Rainier

Postby Iron Hiker » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:15 pm

billisfree wrote:The sunset picture presented in the first post strongly appears to be Mt. Adams to me.



Image

It's kinda hard to get a really sharp detailed topo pictures... because I need
to back off quite a distance, to make sure the provile is not deformed
by rendering the pictures too close.

Mt Adams has 3 "humps" while Rainier has two.

Plus a few other obvious features.

Remember light bends in the air and can sometimes create mirages... making
a mountain look taller than normal.


Nice observations.....but not quite correct, I think. Your 3D of Rainier is actually too close to the mountain - if you back it off more to better simulate how it looks from that far away in Oregon, Liberty Cap will come into view and thus serve as the "hump" on the right. Point Success, Columbia Crest, and Liberty Cap are the three humps seen on Rainier.

I'm trying to figure out how to post a Google Earth 3D shot of Rainier from the ESE from my computer on here....never done it before. I think I have to save it somewhere on the web first to provide a link? Anyway, if you go to the 3D I think it is reasonably clear that it's Rainier we're talking about......
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Re: I can see Colorado from here!

Postby Iron Hiker » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:25 pm

seano wrote:San Antonio Mountain from Santa Fe Baldy:
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Either Culebra or Blanca (I think) from Santa Fe Baldy (giant original here):
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You got a biggie long view here on the bottom shot, I believe! According to the Heywhatsthat.com panorama I generated from Santa Fe Baldy, the Blanca group is on the right side of the photo, 120-125 miles away, and the northern Sangres fade away into the distance at left. The Crestones are visible, and you can see about 165 miles to where the range disappears. That's a pretty good shot!

You can also see 170 miles to the La Plata Mts NW of Durango as well, and the Capitan Mts near Sierra Blanca are just under 160 miles away. Good place for long-range views!
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Tough, but I have my theory

Postby Iron Hiker » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:45 pm

Dan Leonhard wrote:this is a cool thread that sparked curiosity about one of my own photos that I had since forgotten about. This photo was taken from Thunder Mountain in Juneau, AK (N 58.381389 and W -134.524167) looking west toward Glacier Bay:
http://www.summitpost.org/image/597796/176118/chilkat-range-and-fairweather.html

Judging from the size of the peak and direction, I think you can see Mount Fairweather behind the Chilkat Range. About 120 miles line of sight. If this is fairweather, it'd probably be my record to date.


Neat shot. Unfortunately, thanks to the abysmal terrain data for Fairweather, it doesn't even show up on the Google Earth 3D, so I cannot be as sure of the identification here. That being said, after careful analysis I believe that the sharp peak on the center right background is actually Mount Crillon to the south of Fairweather, and the other point on the photo's far left is Mt. La Perouse. I carefully looked at the terrain in the photo and matched it up with GE to make sure of it. It seems the prominent dark squaretop peak rising right above the water is Mount Golub, and if you line Thunder up with Crillon, the line passes right to the left of Golub, just as the photo shows. Crillon is just short of 100 miles away, so still a respectable view in these stormy SE Alaska environs!

By the way, Fairweather is still in the line of sight from Thunder, I believe - just a bit farther to the right, out of the photo. Maybe if you took plenty of shots there might be one of it?

That was a fun exercise. Let's get some more photos into the mix if we can. I'm glad the thread has been resurrected!
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Re: Not Rainier

Postby butitsadryheat » Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:59 am

Iron Hiker wrote:
billisfree wrote:The sunset picture presented in the first post strongly appears to be Mt. Adams to me.



Image

It's kinda hard to get a really sharp detailed topo pictures... because I need
to back off quite a distance, to make sure the provile is not deformed
by rendering the pictures too close.

Mt Adams has 3 "humps" while Rainier has two.

Plus a few other obvious features.

Remember light bends in the air and can sometimes create mirages... making
a mountain look taller than normal.


Nice observations.....but not quite correct, I think. Your 3D of Rainier is actually too close to the mountain - if you back it off more to better simulate how it looks from that far away in Oregon, Liberty Cap will come into view and thus serve as the "hump" on the right. Point Success, Columbia Crest, and Liberty Cap are the three humps seen on Rainier.

I'm trying to figure out how to post a Google Earth 3D shot of Rainier from the ESE from my computer on here....never done it before.


Ask Dayhiker. He can make/take a look at anywhere from any distance with his software, like he did for me on the last page, of Bakersfield looking NE. Pick a town where you'd want to view them from and he could prolly figger it out. It's awesome.
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Re: I can see Colorado from here!

Postby seano » Sat Feb 27, 2010 1:51 am

Iron Hiker wrote:You got a biggie long view here on the bottom shot, I believe! According to the Heywhatsthat.com panorama I generated from Santa Fe Baldy, the Blanca group is on the right side of the photo, 120-125 miles away, and the northern Sangres fade away into the distance at left. The Crestones are visible, and you can see about 165 miles to where the range disappears.

Sweet! I thought it might be Blanca and the Crestones, but couldn't imagine I could see that far. This was on New Year's, a windless, clear day after a good snowstorm, so it was pretty close to ideal viewing conditions.
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Postby 395guy » Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:43 am

radson wrote:I always thought Mt Kenya to Kili was the furtherest visible distance between two pints?


I'd be curious about the distance of the sight line between Mt Kenya and Kili also. When I was in Kenya a few years ago, I spotted the peaks of Mt Kenya shining in the sun waaaay in the distance and pointed it out to my Kenyan host. He didn't think it was it and had never noticed it before. We checked on a map and there was no doubt, it had to be Mt Kenya. Very distinct shape to the peaks.

Later when we were in Eldoret, I spotted Mt Eglon (a 14er) in Uganda dozens of miles away in the distance. And again, my Kenyan host was surprised and had never noticed it way away on the horizon.

The rest of the week, I had fun joking with him. Every now and then, I'd point and say, "Hey, look... there's Kilimanjaro..." :-) (which wasn't visible where we were... and he had hiked it years ago)

This past summer, when I was driving westward across Washington state, I spotted Mt Rainier in the morning sun ~140 miles away on the interstate and pointed it out to the family. It just slowly rose on the horizon. Climbed it a few days later.

I also spotted Mt Shasta way in the distance from Mt Scott (high point at Crater Lake). It was probably ~100 miles away or so.
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Postby Iron Hiker » Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:27 am

395guy wrote:
radson wrote:I always thought Mt Kenya to Kili was the furtherest visible distance between two pints?


I'd be curious about the distance of the sight line between Mt Kenya and Kili also. When I was in Kenya a few years ago, I spotted the peaks of Mt Kenya shining in the sun waaaay in the distance and pointed it out to my Kenyan host. He didn't think it was it and had never noticed it before. We checked on a map and there was no doubt, it had to be Mt Kenya. Very distinct shape to the peaks.

Later when we were in Eldoret, I spotted Mt Eglon (a 14er) in Uganda dozens of miles away in the distance. And again, my Kenyan host was surprised and had never noticed it way away on the horizon.

The rest of the week, I had fun joking with him. Every now and then, I'd point and say, "Hey, look... there's Kilimanjaro..." :-) (which wasn't visible where we were... and he had hiked it years ago)

This past summer, when I was driving westward across Washington state, I spotted Mt Rainier in the morning sun ~140 miles away on the interstate and pointed it out to the family. It just slowly rose on the horizon. Climbed it a few days later.

I also spotted Mt Shasta way in the distance from Mt Scott (high point at Crater Lake). It was probably ~100 miles away or so.



Ask for Kenya to Kili and you shall receive :)

http://www.summitpost.org/image/149986/ ... as-of.html

This is currently the photographed line of sight champion, 227 miles from Mount Sanford to Denali in Alaska. Will it be broken soon? (There are MANY 250+ mile line of sights in the world that have not been photographed!):

http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/gall ... nford.html
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Re: Not Rainier

Postby Day Hiker » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:45 am

butitsadryheat wrote:
Iron Hiker wrote:
billisfree wrote:The sunset picture presented in the first post strongly appears to be Mt. Adams to me.



Image

It's kinda hard to get a really sharp detailed topo pictures... because I need
to back off quite a distance, to make sure the provile is not deformed
by rendering the pictures too close.

Mt Adams has 3 "humps" while Rainier has two.

Plus a few other obvious features.

Remember light bends in the air and can sometimes create mirages... making
a mountain look taller than normal.


Nice observations.....but not quite correct, I think. Your 3D of Rainier is actually too close to the mountain - if you back it off more to better simulate how it looks from that far away in Oregon, Liberty Cap will come into view and thus serve as the "hump" on the right. Point Success, Columbia Crest, and Liberty Cap are the three humps seen on Rainier.

I'm trying to figure out how to post a Google Earth 3D shot of Rainier from the ESE from my computer on here....never done it before.


Ask Dayhiker. He can make/take a look at anywhere from any distance with his software, like he did for me on the last page, of Bakersfield looking NE. Pick a town where you'd want to view them from and he could prolly figger it out. It's awesome.


I generated images of both Adams and Rainier from the Pendleton/I84 location described in the photo caption. Foreground topography was omitted from the image generation for both because it is only the shapes of the silhouettes that we want to compare; we were not trying to determine if these peaks are in fact visible from Pendleton. Obviously something is visible because the photo exists.

Compare the shapes.

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It's definitely Rainier.

It is interesting how Adams does a good job of fooling us by trying to mimic Rainier from this viewpoint. It's rather creepy, actually, like the thing from the movie The Thing.

But upon close inspection, the shape of Adams is definitely wrong.

Link to photo page: http://www.summitpost.org/view_object.php?object_id=340670
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Postby desainme » Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:34 pm

Here is a curious fact: The five states, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio arising from the Old Northwest Territory are not known for any great elevations. However certain hills above the Ohio River in Lawrence and Gallia Counties, Ohio are within the "visibility cloak" of Knobs on Guyandot Mountain, Boone County and the next county over in WV. The knobs are Pilot Knob SW and Ivy Knob 3560 ft. The distances between Pilot Knob SW and Lawrence/Gallia Counties Ohio shown on the Hey What's That website are between 65 and 78 miles. No such elevations are visible from the remaining 4 states in the Old Northwest.
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Postby gabriele » Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:46 pm

from Brunate to Appennines = ~ 220km

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