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.
- 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.
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!
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