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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. 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.

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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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From summit of Mount Evans, tracing traverse from the parking lot below to Mount Warren (at end of finger) then climbing Mount Spalding 13,842 feet left side of photo and around the lake to the summit (2012-09-08). 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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Interest in peakbagging developed from backpacking national parks & wilderness areas. If there's a peakbagging location you need info that I have - email or buddy me..I'm happy to share/trade route info. If you're looking for county HPing info, my info will not be as useful as I usually only document peakbagging interests.

"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 and you may work many hours or even weeks to stand on that spot. There are 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 of the CHPs have multilple candidate spots. If they have too many candidate spots, I usually avoid them or only visit the candidates that I can make into an actual hike or journey (coloring the map red unsuccessful is fine)as the debate of which multiple theoretical contour is the real HP loses my interest.

These two activities, have similar goals and 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, however, remains my passion, thus my use of this website. I am only secondarily interested in State Highpointing. State HPing has an inexplicable way of dragging peakbaggers into the world of County HPing. There are sites dedicated to CHPing establishing set standards to benchmark the achievements. I respect those that dedicate themselves to that endeavor, but I only target states to complete that have a "peakbagging" feel to CHPing such as Arizona and Maine. My CHPing in other states simply documents where I have traveled and found an interesting stop, or way to get some hiking out of the pursuit, or else-wise had some inexplicable temporary lapse in sanity and actually spent a day locating candidate HPs!

Yearning for mountains but residing in FL makes something worthy about nearly all outdoor experiences so I rate "climbs" higher than others in Peakbagger. My personal ratings considers route that day and considers geology, solitude, wildlife, isolation, prominence, gain, uniqueness, and route conditions. I find it hard not to rate any experience outside of my urban office at least a 4 or 5 out of 10. My family enjoys hiking 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.


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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
Southeast U.S. Peaks with 50 Miles of Isolation52.6
Highest Priority Lists
ListPriority
14ers over 2k prom USA-Contig2
Maine - 2,000 foot Prom Peaks3
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
Sacred Navajo Mountains5
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
PeakElev-ftLocation
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
PeakProm-ftLocation
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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