McKean County, Pa. CHP

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McKean County, Pa. CHP

Postby drdickie » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:23 pm

I just returned from climbing this CHP. I note a prominence of 0 in LOJ, but the peak clearly has rise on all four sides. I'm far from an expert in calculating prominence from topo maps, but his is clearly an error. Dick Oestreicher "drdickie"
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Re: McKean County, Pa. CHP

Postby KentonB » Sat Nov 26, 2011 7:33 pm

drdickie,

John Kirk may want to weigh in, but I did note if you zoom in on the high point (http://listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/QMap.php?lat=41.8839&lon=-78.2060&z=16&P=0), the summit is actually in "Potter" County just a tad to the southeast, therefore, the high point within McKean is along the northwestern ridgleline leading to the unnamed summit in Potter County... Hence the 0' prominence.
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Re: McKean County, Pa. CHP

Postby drdickie » Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:37 pm

I looked at the map again and I see your point. Perhaps the solution is to list the high point just over the county line labeled 2469 as a separate peak? dick Oestreicher
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Re: McKean County, Pa. CHP

Postby KentonB » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:11 pm

drdickie wrote:Perhaps the solution is to list the high point just over the county line labeled 2469 as a separate peak?

John has pretty well-defined criteria for what is and is not a "peak" (See here: http://www.listsofjohn.com/PeakStats/glossary.html). I double-checked and Point 2469 is neither ranked nor named... So it wouldn't meet the criteria. I feel your pain though. I'm not much for high points, so "peaks" like this one only kind of mess up my lists... At the same time, I understand the motivation of those trying to attain State/County high points. Beggars can't be choosers. :-)
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Re: McKean County, Pa. CHP

Postby RyanSchilling » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:09 pm

Generally, if a county HP is on the county line -- and the county line is not following a ridge crest -- it's going to be a 0' prominence peak. Connecticut's state HP is another good example.
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