Google Mashup of Highpoints of U.S. Territories
With all of our obsessions with climbing high points, one list that would seem yet to be completed is the “Highpoints of U.S. Territories.”
There has never been a good list of the highpoints but I was inspired to create after seeing Summitpost’s new state highpoints list which no doubt will become the defintive source for state highpoint info because of its considerable interative nature. In the early stages the list had included Mount Lamlam on Guam.
Thus, I sought out a list of highpoints for other territories starting with the database maintained Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) maintained by the USGS.
The system has its quirks and inaccuracies. One of the ironies is that Washington, DC, ranks right up there with the U.S. Minor Islands as far as its geography is concerned. DC is considered a territory and its highpoint at Fort Reno is not even listed in the database (a point which Highpointer Club Member Robert Hyman is trying to correct).
By extrapolating the USGS data with some web research here’s a list of the summits.
Mount Lata 3,160 feet
South Latitude: 14.2369
West Longitude: 169.457
Notes: American Samoa is the only U.S. territory south of the equator
Federated States of Micronesia
Mount Buache 1,946 feet
North Latitude: 5.35333
East Longitude: 162.9964
Mount Lamlam 1,332 feet
North Latitude: 13.33861
East Longitude: 144.6628
Northern Mariana Islands
Agrihan Volcano 3,166 Feet
North Latitude: 18.7675
East Longitude: 145.6672
Mount Etekkueiku 400 feet
North Latitude: 7.43306
East Longitude: 134.5008
Cerro de Punta 4,390 feet
North Latitude: 18.17444
West Latitude: 66.5922
U.S. Minor Islands
Palmyra Atoll 30 feet
North Latitude: 7.43306
West Longitude: 134.5008
Notes: The Minor Islands are atolls that are almost all uninhabited and includes major World War II sites such as Midway Island and Wake Island (although there’s a debate on whether the U.S. or the Marshall Island own the later)
U.S. Virgin Islands
Crown Mountain 1,556 Feet
North Latitude: 18.35917
West Longitude: 64.975
Notes: Located on St. Thomas
District of Columbia
Fort Reno 429 Feet
North Latitude: 38.95277
West Latitude: 77.0785
Notes: The highpoint is not listed by the USGS but Highpointer Robert Hyman is working to get a formal survey and designation. The highest named summit in the District of Columbia is Mount Saint Alban (382 feet).
Likiep Island 33 feet
North Latitude: 9.81694
East Longitude: 169.3053
Notes: The Marshall Islands gained their independence in 1986 after the U.S. nuked them 67 times in the 1940′s and 50′s at such places as Bikini Island and Enewetak. The U.S. still pays for everything there for the 57,000 residents while matters work their way through the courts. It is still listed in the USGS database.
Here’s a list of highpoints of U.S. Territories.
|Entity||Elevation||Feature||Lat DD||Lon DD|
|American Samoa||3,160||Mount Lata||-14.2369||-169.457|
|Federated States of Micronesia||1,946||Mount Buache||5.35333||162.9964|
|Northern Mariana Islands||3,166||Agrihan||18.7675||145.6672|
|Puerto Rico||4,390||Cerro de Punta||18.17444||-66.5922|
|U.S. Minor Islands||30||Palmyra Atoll||5.88111||-162.073|
|Virgin Islands||1,556||Crown Mountain||18.35917||-64.975|
|Washington, DC||429||Fort Reno||38.95277||-77.0785|
|Marshall Islands||33||Likiep Island||9.81694||169.3053|
I encountered some problems uploading the KML/KMZ Google Earth files and getting them to launch. Here’s a discussion on process.