In 2016 I pulled together a list of my extremes around the world. These were the highest, lowest, warmest, coldest etc places I had been to or experienced around the planet. My friends and I had some fun comparing our lists (a shocking number of Irish people have been no further north than Edinburgh).

Six years later, an update seems overdue as more than a few have changed since.

There is one rule to these extremes – doing something it in a airplane doesn’t count. You have to have had feet on the ground (or in the water). My list is below, what does yours look like?

Abisko national park, somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. July 2020

For me:

  • Furthest North: N60° 40′ Gävle Sweden, December 2015. N68° 21′ Abisko, Sweden, August 2020. (about 200km above the Arctic circle 🙂 )
  • Furthest South: S34° 21′ Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (barely lower than Santiago Chile), June 2009.
  • Furthest West: W122°, 40′ Portland Oregon, USA, July 2001.
  • Furthest East: E151° 12′ Sydney, Australia, December 2006.
  • Highest point: 4,215m Dead Woman’s Pass Inca Trail, Peru, July 1999.
  • Lowest point: 38m below sea level, diving off Kilkee, Ireland. 2001
  • Hottest: 47° Dubai, August 2014.
  • Coldest: -16°C Altiplano, Chile, 2001. -17°C Upplands Vasby, Sweden. February 2016. -23°C, Dalarna County Sweden, February 2018. And honorable mention to camping out in -10C in January 2022 😀
Camping out in Tyresta national park, January 2022 where it was -10C