Monday, November 13, 2023

Standing on Top of the World

If you want an uninterrupted view towards the horizon in all directions then you need to stand on top of a mountain. But not just any mountain. What you need is an 'on top of the world' mountain. 

On Top of the World Mountains

An "on top of the world" mountain, also known as an OTOTW mountain, is a mountain that is so high that no other mountains can be seen above the horizon from its summit. There are over 6,000 OTOTW mountains in the world, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. The highest OTOTW mountain is Mount Everest, which is 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 feet) tall.Other notable OTOTW mountains include K2, Lhotse, Makalu, and Manaslu.

Pinnacle Points

A 'pinnacle point' is a point on the Earth's surface from which no higher point can be seen in any direction. This means that if you were to stand at a pinnacle point, you would have an unobstructed view of the horizon in all directions. If a summit is not an OTOTW then it can't be a pinnacle point either. Therefore pinnacle points are a subset of OTOTWs.

If you want to feel like you are standing at the top of the world then you can find your nearest pinnacle point on the Pinnacle Points interactive map. This map shows the points on Earth from which no higher point can be seen in any direction. The pinnacle points are shown on the map using colored markers based on each point's elevation.

Jut Scores

If you prefer looking up at impressive mountains rather than staring wistfully towards the horizon from on high then you want the PeakJut map instead. According to PeakJut the impressiveness of individual mountains is based on two factors, height and steepness. PeakJut has therefore invented the Jut Score, which ranks mountains based on how sharply a mountain rises above its surroundings, factoring in both height and steepness.

Share your location with PeakJut and it will show you the most impressive looking mountains closest to you, based on their Jut rankings. If you click on one of the suggested mountains you can view its location on an interactive map. This map highlights the selected mountain's peak and its base (or most impressive viewpoint). You are also given some important data, such as the mountain's elevation and 'Jut'.

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