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.
Reports showing a climber's buddies and other climbers. Click for More Info
Lists personally created by William Musser. Click for More Info
- Custom Query Lists: Lists created by William Musser using the Query Tool.
- Life List: A master "bucket list" of peaks, a combination of proudest past ascents and most-desired future ascents.
- 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.
Scramblers carefully make their way along an exposed ridge on Static Peak, Wyoming.
A 300-foot rappel while canyoneering in the Escalante country of Utah.
Atop Mount Elbert in Colorado, one is the highest person in the Rockies.
The summit rocks of Mount Harvard, Colorado.
Interest in peakbagging developed from backpacking national parks & wildernes areas and related outdoor activities - canoeing, hiking, scrambling, canyoneering, rapelling, spelunking, mountaineering and incidental rock climbing. If there's a peakbagging location you need info that I may have - email or buddy me,..I'm happy to share/trade route info. If you are looking for county HPing info most of my info is not useful as I only document things that interest me there.
"Peakbagging" can be distinguished from "highpointing". In peakbagging, the targets are the peaks of mountains or hills, and the popular lists usually require that the target pass some threshold of prominence. There is only one HP and you work all day to stand on that spot. There are not multiple circles and debates about the rules of what you have done. In highpointing, the goal is only to reach the highest point in some geographic area (e.g., county, state, or country), whether or not it is a peak. Many of the CHPs have multilple candidate spots and as a general rule, if they have too many canddiate spots, I will either avoid those counties or play with a few that I can make into a hike and then color the map red (unsuccessful) because I want to record that I have explored the county and log my travels along the way but do not care to debate which of the 20 or more thoeretical contours might be the real HP. I am content in those states to never complete a state and will wait for a surveyor to resolve the issue some day.
These two activities, are different with different goals but overlap and blend people of differing personal goals. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the state highpointers groups where the lists contain both very technical peakbagging activities as well as standing in the middle of a farmer's corn field as equivalent acheivements!
PeakBagging is by far more my passion, thus my use of this website; although, I am secondarily interested with the goal of State Highpointing. State HPing has an interesting way of dragging peakbaggers into the world of County HPing. There are sites dedicated to CHPing and establishes a set of standards to benchmark the achievements. I understand and respect those that dedicate themselves to that endevour so my profile should be clear, I am only targeting states to complete that have a peakbagging feel to them such as Arizona and Maine. Any dabbling in CHPing in the other states is simply to document where I have traveled and found an easy one, found a way to get some hiking out of the pursuit of a few, or elsewise had some unexplainable temporary lapse in sanity and actually spent a day locating candidate HPs.
Yearning for the mountains and yet living in FL makes me find something worthy about nearly all outdoor experiences so I tend to rate "climbs" higher than others in Peakbagger. My personal Rating System is based on the experience of the route that day and considers geology, solitude, wildlife, isolation, prom, gain, uniqueness, and route conditions. I find it hard not to rate any experience out of the office at least a 5 out of 10 as it beats sitting in the office in the flat, FLORIDA. My wife and kids enjoys hiking (Karen, David, Ben, Sarah, and Daniel) and I am blessed that all have humored me and accompanied me with countless hours peakbagging which I am most greatful.
This site is unique in that Greg Slayton has wisely structured it so you can make your own rules and develop your own goals and lists and bag your peaks however it best makes you happy, enjoy the outdoors, and motivates YOU to achieve. Run up them, walk up them, bike up them, snowmobile up them, crawl if you have to...just do it your way, don't let anyone ever tell you that YOUR way is wrong, and get addicted to a healthy and fulfilling hobby!
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