Peakbagging Page for Adam Helman

Personal Climb Logs

The links below take you to dynamically generated lists of Adam Helman's peakbagging activity.

  • Ascent List: List of Adam Helman'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 Adam Helman 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.
  • Progressive Peak List: Time-ordered progressive lists for eight different metrics.
  • Master Peak Map: Interactive worldwide map showing all peaks climbed, color-coded by elevation or prominence.

Social Networking

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Personal Lists

Lists personally created by Adam Helman.

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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

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



Adam Helman: July 12, 1960 – January 9, 2015

Adam was an extremely prolific climber, a pillar of the peakbagging community, and a warm-hearted soul whose lively presence made an indelible impression on everyone he met. His untimely death was felt strongly throughout the wide net he cast in life.

His accomplishments in the mountains are summarized on this site, and include climbs of major peaks in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He climbed 14 of the world’s 50 most prominent peaks, and 120 “ultra-prominence” peaks, ranking #6 in the world for this pursuit. Perhaps his most impressive achievement is becoming only the second person to climb all 414 county high points in the western USA.

Adam devoted huge amounts of his personal time to run the website, a hub for the diverse band of addicts that are after the 3100-odd U.S. county high points. Online, his presence was a knowledgeable and opinionated voice with an encyclopedic knowledge of mountain lore and the physical sciences, liberally enriched with entertaining stories. He also authored two books: the reference work "The Finest Peaks: Prominence and other Mountain Measures" and the memoir "A Tale of Twelve Summers".

But it is his unique personal qualities that his friends and family will remember most--all of us have “Adam stories”, and the one constant they all have is that they always bring a smile. I recall the way he would calculate the number of calories we were burning on the trail, adjusted for pack weight and trail roughness, all in his head. Or the endless supplies of gourmet foods he would haul up the mountains, such as rich and delicious babka cakes. And his huge packs, looking like a refrigerator on his back, that his wiry frame hauled on major expeditions. The way he used his fluent Spanish to schmooze his way past Latin American bureaucracy. His loping, nimble gait that somehow could keep pace with the fastest of us and got him up steep rock faces with ease. The computer skills he showed in quickly mastering software needed to keep his website running. His ubiquitous magic bag of special spices that turned even the most mundane chain-restaurant meal with him into an experience to remember. So many memories. Such a tragic loss.

--Greg Slayden, January 2015


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
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Western Contiguous USA CoHPs100
Colorado County High Points100
California County High Points100
USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence100
Montana County High Points100
U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States100
High Points of Counties Crossed by the Continental Divide100
Fifty Highest CoHPs in Lower 48100
5000 foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States100
High Points of Counties Crossed by the Pacific Crest Trail100
Highest Priority Lists
World Top 50 by Prominence1
World 1500 m (4921 ft) Prominence Peaks2
World 600 m (1969 ft) Prominence Peaks3
USA 48 States 2000 ft Prominence Peaks4
World Country High Points5
USA County High Points6
USA 48-States 14,000-foot Peaks7
U.S. State High Points8
Highest Peaks Climbed
Nevado de Illimani21122Bolivia
Volcán Cotopaxi19347Ecuador
Cerro Tomasamil19127Bolivia
Volcán Cayambe18996Ecuador
Pico de Orizaba18491Mexico-Pue/Ver
Ritacuba Blanco17749Colombia
Volcán Iztaccíhuatl17126Mexico-Pue/Mex
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
Pico de Orizaba16148Mexico-Pue/Ver
Mauna Kea13796USA-HI
Mount Rainier13210USA-WA
Volcán Tajumulco13058Guatemala
Pico Bolívar12982Venezuela
Gunung Kerinci12484Indonesia


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