Peakbagging Page for William Musser

Personal Climb Logs

The links below take you to dynamically generated lists of William Musser's peakbagging activity.

  • Ascent List: List of William Musser's hikes, climbs, summits, and attempts.
  • Peak List: List of distinct summits attained, with peak statistics. Includes a peak's "Personal Isolation".
  • List of Lists: Peakbagging Lists that William Musser is pursuing, showing progress for each list by number and percent of peaks climbed.
  • Trip Report Index: Same as the main climb list, but only showing climbs with trip reports and/or GPS Tracks.
  • Unsuccessful Ascent List: A badge of honor for real climbers--lessons learned when turning back.
  • Multiple Ascents List: A listing of all peaks climbed more than once.
  • Master Peak Map: Interactive worldwide map showing all peaks climbed, color-coded by elevation or prominence.

Social Networking

Reports showing a climber's buddies and other climbers. Click for More Info

Personal Lists

Lists personally created by William Musser.

  • Personal Lists: Shows all lists created by William Musser. Includes Query Lists created using the Query Tool, and "Pick-and-Choose" Lists created by selecting individual peaks.
  • Wish List: A list of unclimbed peaks that are high-priority and/or have immediate climbing plans.

Time-Period Summary Reports

These reports show number of peaks climbed, highest point reached, and other statistics grouped by year or month.

US County High Point Links

William Musser has self-identified as interested in climbing to the high points of counties in the United States.

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After successful summit, preparing to descend through the gate as the morning sun reflects the peak of the volcano above onto the clouds below (2011-06-09). Photo by William Musser.
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From the summit of Monte Jayuya there is a nice view of the tallest mountain in Puerto Rico, Cerro de Punta (foreground) (2010-12-05). Photo by William Musser.
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The pinnacle formation just before the summit of Kings Peak makes for nice views and photos (2011-08-11). Photo by William Musser.
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The summit rocks of Mount Harvard, Colorado (2009-07-27). Photo by William Musser.
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Atop Mount Elbert in Colorado, one is the highest person in the Rockies (2008-08-11). Photo by William Musser.
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A 300-foot rappel while canyoneering in the Escalante country of Utah (2007-05-24). Photo by William Musser.
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Scramblers carefully make their way along an exposed ridge near the summit of Static Peak, Wyoming (2005-09-04). Photo by William Musser.
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"Peakbagging" can be distinguished from "highpointing" in that the targets are peaks of mountains with the lists requiring targets to pass some threshold of prominence. There is only one HP to stand on not multiple candidate locations. In highpointing, the goal is to reach the highest point in some geographic area (e.g., county, state, or country). Many CHPs have multiple candidate spots. I usually avoid those or only visit the candidates that I can make into an actual hike or journey (coloring the map red "unsuccessful") as debating theoretical contours loses my interest. These two activities overlap the hobbies of outdoor enthusiasts with differing personal goals. This overlap is exemplified in state highpointing where the list contains both technical peakbagging activities such as Rainier and Denali as well as standing in the middle of a farmer's property in Indiana or Illinois as equivalent achievements!

Peakbagging, remains my passion, thus my use of this website. I am secondarily interested in State Highpointing which has an inexplicable way of dragging peakbaggers into the world of County HPing. There are sites dedicated to CHPing establishing set standards to benchmark achievements. I respect those dedicated to that endeavor, but usually only target CHPs with a "peakbagging" feel. My CHPing simply documents where I have traveled and found an interesting stop, or way to get some hiking out of the pursuit.

Yearning for mountains but residing in FL makes something worthy of nearly any peak, so I rate "climbs" higher than others. My personal ratings considers route conditions that day, geology, solitude, wildlife, prominence, and gain opportunity. I find any experience outside of my urban office at least a 4 or 5 out of 10. My family enjoys hiking too, and I am blessed that all have humored me and accompanied me with countless hours peakbagging which I am most grateful.

This site is unique in that it is wisely structured it so that anyone can: make up their own rules; develop their own personal goals and lists; and bag their own peaks in whatever manner suits them to enjoy the outdoors. Set your goals so that it motivates YOU to achieve them. Run them, walk them, bike them, crawl if you have to... just bag them your own way and don't let anyone ever tell you that YOUR way is wrong, and then get addicted to a healthy and fulfilling outdoor hobby!

Thanks to all that has made this site possible.


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List% Complete
William Musser's Life List100
Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Peaks100
Maine County High Points87.5
Maine County Prominence Peaks68.8
Florida County High Points67.2
Delaware County High Points66.7
Contiguous 48 U.S. State High Points62.5
U.S. State High Points60
United States State/Territory High Points58.9
Closest PROM peaks 220' to HOME52.9
Highest Priority Lists
14ers over 2k prom USA-Contig2
Maine - 2,000 foot Prom Peaks3
Sacred Navajo Mountains3
USA 48 States 2000 ft Prominence Peaks3
Closest PROM peaks 220' to HOME5
Baxter State park Maine Mountains5
Southeastern Prominence Jewels5
Moosehead Lake Region Top 1005
Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts5
Fifty Highest CoHPs in Lower 485
South Carolina 3000-Foot Peaks6
Triple Crown CoHPs6
Most Ascended Peaks7
Peaks with Most Ascents Using a Rope7
Peaks with Most Page Views on Site7
Apex (Toughest) CoHPs8
PR Peakbagging9
World Island High Points9
Highest Peaks Climbed
Mount Whitney14495USA-CA
Mount Elbert14433USA-CO
Mount Harvard14420USA-CO
Mount Rainier14411USA-WA
Blanca Peak14345USA-CO
Blanca Peak-Northeast Slope14320USA-CO
Grays Peak14270USA-CO
Torreys Peak14267USA-CO
Mount Evans14264USA-CO
Longs Peak14255USA-CO
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
Mount Rainier13210USA-WA
Pico Duarte10164Dom Rep
Mount Whitney10075USA-CA
Mount Elbert9073USA-CO
Mount Hood7706USA-OR
Kings Peak6348USA-UT
Mount Washington6148USA-NH
Mount Mitchell6089USA-NC
Humphreys Peak6039USA-AZ
Borah Peak5982USA-ID


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