View Full Version : Where is this?

Bill O
07-10-2012, 02:27 PM
This photo/ad was in Northern Woodlands Magazine, and it implies the image was taken in Maine or New Hampshire. Does anybody know where this is? Honestly, it looks more like New Zealand than New England. The mountains just look too steep.


KD Talbot
07-13-2012, 04:57 PM
You may be right! 8 ) If it truly is New England, my guess would be Maine in the Rangeley/Stratton corridor of the AT.


07-14-2012, 12:38 PM
My guess is somewhere in Alaska. It has to be someplace with spruce and balsam. That's a large lake in the middle, and the configuration of mountains doesn't fit Umbagog, Moosehead, Mooselookmeguntic, Rangeley, Flagstaff, Chesuncook, or any other ones I could think of.

Bill O
07-14-2012, 07:41 PM
I didn't think of Alaska, that is a possibility.

I sent them an email. Let's see if I get an answer.

If that is someplace in New England, I want to go there.

Bill O
07-16-2012, 08:56 AM
....It's in Alaska.

They responded to my email.

07-17-2012, 09:08 AM
Bring on the next "Where is it" question! :)

Bill O
07-17-2012, 09:21 PM
Okay, here you go...


07-18-2012, 08:16 AM
I'm thinking Scotland, probably south of Inverness and north of Perth. It's a glacial landscape with long narrow lakes, and those dark-green squarish shapes on the hillside in the background look like Scottish-type conifer plantations. But I could be totally off base.

Bill O
07-18-2012, 03:51 PM
You're correct, I need a more challenging photo. But you need to guess where more precisely. Hint, the water in the distance is saltwater.

Somebody else should post a photo. And it should have a large enough field of view to make an educated guess on the location, just like krummholz did with geography, geology, etc.

07-18-2012, 06:00 PM
We may have come to the limits of my geography knowledge. The well-beaten trail in the foreground makes me think West Highland Way, and the saltwater hint makes me think Loch Linnhe, but I can't get things to match up. I've been to Scotland once but I'm not horribly familiar with it. We'll see if anyone else comes up with it, and then I will post a "Where is it?" photo.

Bill O
07-18-2012, 08:19 PM
You pretty much got it. The photo is from the upper slopes of Ben Nevis. The water in the distance is Loch Linnhe.

07-19-2012, 09:07 AM
Darn! I should have guessed that just because it's the obvious point in the area, but I didn't recognize the peak from that angle.

Here's another one:


I'm sorry the image is small. When I upload from a URL I get messages saying "remote file too large" until I downsize to that point. When I upload from my computer the image gets downsized. It's been a few years since I've posted photos on this site. I think you can see the salient features well enough. I see now that if you click on it you do get a larger image.

07-19-2012, 11:40 AM
So is that Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe in the foreground?

I spent a summer at Gordonstoun in Elgin, and we explored a little of the highlands, although the big treat was sailing the west coast (seeing as our trip to Ness yielded no sightings;).

Bill O
07-19-2012, 11:41 AM
So is that Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe in the foreground?

I spent a summer at Gordonstoun in Elgin, and we explored a little of the highlands, although the big treat was sailing the west coast (seeing as our trip to Ness yielded no sightings;).

Yes, it is........

Bill O
07-19-2012, 11:44 AM
It's clearly Mexico or South America. My first guess would be Orizaba in Mexico, mainly because I have been there, but it's a little too rounded.

If it's not Orizaba then it has to be South America. I'm going to keep looking, but I'm at the point where I will be googling known peaks.

Hopefully somebody else will get in on this.

07-19-2012, 12:56 PM
It's not Orizaba. Think in terms of the fact that it has snow on top and yet it's in an extremely dry area.

07-19-2012, 07:40 PM
OK, I managed to enlarge the photo:

07-20-2012, 08:36 AM
The location is on the border of the driest desert in the world. Of the mountains on that border, it is the most statistically noteworthy in a couple of respects.

07-20-2012, 09:08 AM
Licancabur comes to mind, but the shape seems wrong. Parinacota and Sairecabur are probably more likely candidates.

07-20-2012, 12:16 PM
This mountain is higher than any of those three.

Bill O
07-20-2012, 04:16 PM

07-20-2012, 05:12 PM
Hobbes is close in geographic location. Bill is right in thinking of a country high point (that's also a hemisphere high point)...but it's not Argentina! I've given it away now.

07-21-2012, 08:00 AM
So that leaves Sajama. Is it considered part of the desert though?

Here's a new one: (click to zoom)


07-21-2012, 08:31 AM
Bingo! Nevado Sajama, country high point of Bolivia, 21,463’, highest point in the Cordillera Occidental. Hobbes, you’re right in saying it’s not IN the Atacama, it’s on the border between the Atacama and the “Central Andean dry puna.” It is known for the soccer match that was played on its summit in protest against a decision by FIFA that La Paz was too high in elevation (11,000-12,000’) for international matches to be held there.

I'm already looking at your picture. The architecture in the foreground helps.

07-21-2012, 09:19 AM
Hobbes, I think I've got it, but I'm not going to post what I'm thinking until other people have had a shot at it. Does it have a "little" peak and a "big" peak?

I'm probably going to have to stop playing this game. It's distracting me way too much!

Bill O
07-21-2012, 09:16 PM
Looks like Europe, but not enough other features for me to narrow it down.

I have to agree with FIFA. La Paz is too high to play international soccer matches.

07-22-2012, 12:10 PM
As krummholz appears to have already guessed, I'll give Bill a hint: This peak isn't quite as well known as its bigger pyramidal neighbor.

07-23-2012, 10:42 AM
Now I'm not so sure I have the right answer, as I don't know of a "bigger pyramidal neighbor." But I'll go ahead and say what my guess is: Grossglockner, the country high point of Austria, 12,460'. The main peak is the "gross" (big) peak of the Glockner range and the other is the "klein" (small) peak, called Kleinglockner. I arrived at this fairly quickly because Hobbes' photo shows (not very clearly) a roofed-over wooden crucifix on the street, which you see in the Roman Catholic areas of Bavaria and Austria. At first I thought maybe Zugspitz, the high point of Germany, but it's not the right shape. Then I found this photo of Grossglockner. Compare it to the other photo and you'll see the similarity.


07-23-2012, 01:32 PM
Nope, not Austria. Keep guessing...

07-23-2012, 02:19 PM
Jungfrau? But the mountain in your photo seems smaller. It's hard to come up with a neighbor to a major peak like the Eiger or the Matterhorn that's not huge and surrounded by glaciers. :confused:

07-24-2012, 10:20 AM
It's a matter of perspective. In case it helps, I was skiing at the time.

07-24-2012, 05:30 PM
I'm throwing in the towel--partly for lack of time. If it's not a statistical high point and there isn't anything in the foreground that nails it, that makes it tough. I'm sure I'll kick myself when I see the answer!

07-25-2012, 10:08 AM
The writing on the building is: Hotel Restaurant Riffelberg.

07-25-2012, 05:46 PM
All right, thanks for the giveaway. So it's the Gornergrat. I never would have figured that out. If the camera shifts to the left, we get this image:


If you'd given a hint based on the literary connection, something about Mark Twain ascending the Riffelberg (http://www.amazon.com/Climbing-Riffelberg-Riffelberg-Besteigung-Mark-Twain/dp/3905480026) with hundreds of mountain guides carrying umbrellas and gigantic crates of gourmet foods, that might have helped my poor brain figure it out... but then again, maybe not! :)

07-26-2012, 07:49 AM
Here's one that's a little easier


07-26-2012, 09:43 AM
All right, thanks for the giveaway. So it's the Gornergrat.

Actually, if memory serves, it's Ober Gabelhorn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ober_Gabelhorn).

07-26-2012, 10:54 AM
Thank you, Hobbes. I did have a speck of doubt in my mind because the Gornergrat is a ridge rather than a peak--and Ober Gabelhorn has the requisite profile. My geographic knowledge clearly falls short, and I am now bowing out of this game. It's been fun.

07-26-2012, 02:21 PM
But ater you've solved billysinc's photo, here's my parting shot. A very popular and obvious place in the Smokies--except not many folks approach it from this direction.


08-19-2012, 02:41 PM
Since a month has gone by and no one's come up with the answer, I'll give it away: Charlies Bunion.


You get there by going into the Porters Creek watershed and up the second tributary of Lester Prong, then climbing up the rock spine from the bottom. Serious bushwhacking. (Most people do something slightly easier and approach it from the Appalachian Trail.)

08-20-2012, 07:24 AM
nope, no where near the AT

08-20-2012, 04:10 PM
Hi Billy,

I was referring to my own mystery picture and not yours when I spoke of the AT. I wish I could make a decent guess at yours (and I wish someone else would give it a try, too!), but I don't have a clue. Maybe if you gave a hint someone would take a stab at it.

Bill O
08-20-2012, 07:27 PM
I need a little hint too.

My first thought was that famous waterfall in Iceland, but it usually has a lot more water flowing over it.

08-21-2012, 07:12 AM
It's in western Wyoming which narrows it down to one of two national parks.

08-21-2012, 12:33 PM
Fairy Falls in Yellowstone?

Here's one in Maine:


Give both the name of the pond and the name of the mountain (if you know one, you know the other).

08-21-2012, 12:58 PM
yup Fairy Falls.

08-22-2012, 02:14 PM
Hint: It's about ten miles away from a better-known mountain.

08-23-2012, 01:08 PM
Second hint: It's the mountain furthest north in Maine that's higher than 3500'. One of the most underappreciated gems of the state...great bushwhacking around there!

08-26-2012, 11:47 AM
Third and final hint: It's in Baxter.

08-27-2012, 08:55 PM
Sorry maybe it's just me but I don't see a picture.

08-27-2012, 09:47 PM
Thanks for the feedback. Can't quite figure it out, as I see a photo when I'm either logged in or logged out. I'd appreciate anyone else letting me know if there's no photo visible. But probably at this point the "hints" might be more helpful anyway.

08-28-2012, 08:19 AM
Thanks for the feedback. Can't quite figure it out, as I see a photo when I'm either logged in or logged out. I'd appreciate anyone else letting me know if there's no photo visible. But probably at this point the "hints" might be more helpful anyway.

I haven't been able to see a picture either. If you have it online you could put a link to it's location.

08-28-2012, 08:56 AM
Really weird, because I see the photo clear as day whenever I look at the page. I wonder if some of my other photos didn't show up either. Anyway, I'm trying it as an attachment. Let me know if you can't see this one:


Also, I just tried setting the album in my profile that I uploaded from to "public" rather than "private." I thought those settings only applied to albums when people were viewing them within the profile...

08-28-2012, 12:54 PM
I can see it now, I just don't know where it is. Oddly, I can see it now in the old post as well as attached to the newest post.

08-28-2012, 01:17 PM
So it was having my profile album set to "private" that was the problem! So no one saw the photo of the Matterhorn next to the Hotel Riffelberg or the one of me climbing Charlies Bunion from the bottom, either. Well, you can go back and look at them now if you feel like it.

09-04-2012, 09:09 PM
I'm really surprised no one has taken a shot at this. Anyone with the AMC Maine Mountain Guide map of Baxter can easily get it. But then, maybe I'm confusing folks interested in meteorology with folks interested in geography. A basic knowledge of Maine topography and the elevations of northern Maine is what's needed here. I have to admit that's not the primary focus on this website. Also, another thing I have to admit is that this is an area I've personally explored and am really fond of, but that's no reason to think others would have the same experience.

09-18-2012, 11:02 PM
Should I say where this is or not? (I have a sneaking suspicion a couple folks know already--they figured it out from looking at my blog, but I guess they are too shy to speak up. :) )

10-04-2012, 09:40 AM
Traveler Mountain.

12-17-2012, 09:44 PM
I live in New Zealand and must say it looks very much like our mountains over here :)