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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-17-2015, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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It all says it in the title of my post but I just want to ask another question...do I think I should use wikipedia at all? I once came across someone, I don't know from where or when that said that there is no such source anywhere that can be accurate about the height of peaks right to the foot. I have a thing about mountains. I mean come on......well basically I have a thing about numbers. And elevations. I like to stand on a peak, look up at them and KNOW in my heart right down in the middle exactly how tall that peak is. Funny? I don't care. But do understand. But please tell me, is there ANY source on the internet that is that accurate??? For example, I use to go by Bruce Fairley's book. It said that the golden ears was 5,598 feet and wikipedia now says it's 5,630 feet. That's crazy. Anyway, to whatever you think, I just need some help. It would really help me out. I want to know every one of my favorite mountains and learn them all (a little secret, I use to know them......unfortunatley now I have to start over)

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In my opinion Wikipedia is a great source of information but its not 100% accurate. That being said I don't know if any source will be 100% accurate. You can go to Bivouac.com to look up mountain heights at least for this area of the world. You don't need a paid subscription to find out the height information. You can go to topo maps and get height information. But there are inaccuracies in these sources as well.


Mountain heights are not even accurately measured for all of them. Always improving but more remote areas will be less accurate. Mountains that are permanently snow covered can vary in elevation from season to season. I wont go into the geologic movement as it amounts to very small changes. So I don't know where you can go to be completely sure of a mountains height but all of these sources will be reasonably accurate. By the way, Bivouac lists Golden Ears at 5,630 feet as well.

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Thanks tinman610. I think I'll use bivouac.com I have a paid subscription to it anyway But I do thank you for your reply. Thanks once again.

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if you're gonna be all aspy, just hike to the top with a GPS
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Your likely get a slightly different reading from every other altimeter reading you take.
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Ah I just have a thing about numbers Larry. I admit it is a little crazy...

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Why use a second or third hand source when you can check the BC government surveyed height directly using iMapBC?

Golden Ears: survey height, main summit 1716 m
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