Peakbagging Page for Tom Layton
Personal Climb Logs
The links below take you to dynamically generated lists of Tom Layton's peakbagging activity.
- Ascent List: List of Tom Layton'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 Tom Layton 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 Tom Layton. Click for More Info
- Custom Query Lists: Lists created by Tom Layton using the Query Tool.
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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
Tom Layton has self-identified as interested in climbing to the high points of counties in the United States.
"I took a topographic map and picked out on it, by means of the contour lines and the blank space showing no settlement, what seemed to be the wildest part of these regions; and there I went."
--Horace Kephart, 1922
Horace Kephart was a St. Louis librarian who became one of the founding fathers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was a Missouri journalism student when I discovered his epic "Our Southern Highlanders." In my own way, I have been plodding in his footsteps ever since.
Since my all-too-short Boy Scout days, I have had a fascination with mountains and maps. In my dotage, I have been delighted to discover peakbagger.com, cohp.org, and listsofjohn.com. I appreciate the insights of everyone who contributes to these websites. You inspire my explorations, guide my paths, and put my wanderings in context.
I post trip reports for all my hikes on Peakbagger and occasionally blog about my ramblings on tomlayton.blogspot.com. The blog also has a schedule of my upcoming hikes, in case you'd like to come along. Most weekends, I'm walking somewhere in NC, TN, VA, or SC.
I was raised in Anderson SC, worked 20 years as a sportswriter in Greenville SC, and have lived since 1999 in Boone NC, where I serve as print editor for the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.
From 2007 through 2011, I volunteered with the crew that built the summit trail to Elk Knob in my home county of Watauga NC. The view atop Elk Knob (5550+) makes it a peak well worth bagging. I have seen 5 states (SC/NC/KY/VA/TN) and 32 county high points from the summit. There may be as many as 41 COHPs visible, according to the peakfinder.org. Adjacent Snake Mountain (5560+) has a similar panorama. I would be interested in any other location where over 30 COHPs are visible.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (cut and paste it--that's L-810, not one-810)
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