Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Most Vertical Gain

Chris Ells's Ascents by Year/Month

Links for other Snapshot Grids:Use Metric Color Ranges
  Highest Point Reached    Highest Peak Climbed    Most Prominent Peak Climbed    Most Isolated Peak Climbed    Highest Climber-Defined Quality    Top Ascents in all Categories  


1972       Δ Washington    
1973Δ Sterling           
1974       Δ Monadnock    
1975       Δ North Sugarloaf    
1976       Δ Greylock    
1977      Δ North Sugarloaf     
1995      Δ Caribou     
1999      Δ BierstadtΔ GraysΔ QuandaryΔ Pikes  
2000     Δ ParnassusΔ JamesΔ ElbertΔ Carpenter   
2001     Δ Saint VrainΔ MassiveΔ AudubonΔ Bancroft   
2002       Δ ShavanoΔ Bison Δ Paiute 
2003Δ Windy Δ Mauna Kea   Δ La PlataΔ HarvardΔ Redcloud   
2004      Δ CastleΔ Belford Δ Royal  
2005     Δ Antero-XΔ Challenger PointΔ of the Holy Cross Δ Blanca  
2006     Δ Pikes-XΔ CrystalΔ CulebraΔ Drift   
2007Δ Bergen   Δ South BoulderΔ GreenΔ WetterhornΔ LongsΔ Snowmass   
2008Δ Chief  Δ Cathedral Rock Δ KingstonΔ MassiveΔ EolusΔ CrestoneΔ ManitouΔ Cathedral Rock 
2009Δ Chief   Δ BearΔ (Manitou Incline Summit)Δ Wilson-XΔ Little BearΔ StewartΔ (Manitou Incline Summit)Δ Sanitas 
2010Δ SanitasΔ BearΔ BearΔ KosciuszkoΔ BearΔ RockyΔ MaroonΔ Capitol-XΔ CapitolΔ AdamsΔ KingstonΔ Indian
2011Δ (Manitou Incline Summit)Δ SanitasΔ SanitasΔ GalbraithΔ Cottonwood-XΔ BearΔ North EolusΔ North Maroon-XΔ North Maroon   
2012Δ IndianΔ IndianΔ IndianΔ (Cottonwood)Δ AetnaΔ North ApostleΔ PhoenixΔ HuerfanoΔ Jones   
2013      Δ LackawannaΔ HalfΔ IndianΔ Chief  
2014   Δ GreenΔ West White PineΔ OrganΔ JupiterΔ JacksonΔ Ellingwood PointΔ Indian  
2015       Δ Grizzly    
2017      Δ CycloneΔ Tweto    


Legend for Color Coding

10,000 feet or more
5,000 to 9,999 feet
3,000 to 4,999 feet
2,000 to 2,999 feet
1,000 to 1,999 feet
Below 1,000 ft

About the Snapshot Year-Month Grid

General Considerations:

  • "-X" after a peak name means an unsuccessful ascent, for example "Rainier-X".
  • A parenthetical name is a non-summit goal hike, for example, "(Snow Lake Hike)" or "(Rainier)".
  • The Δ triangle symbol is a hyperlink to the detailed Ascent Page for that ascent. The peak name is a link to the Peak Page for that peak.
  • The color of the cell shows how high, prominent, isolated, or high-quality the peak/ascent is, and the color ranges are shown in the legend to the left.
  • If the color is based on altitude, prominence, or vertical gain, you can switch between meters-based ranges or feet-based ranges. These are set up to be generally equivalent.

This grid comes in seven "flavors", each one showing a different "top" peak for a month. The flavors or categories are:

  1. Highest Point Reached. Can be an unsucessful attempt or non-summit goal hike.
  2. Highest Peak Climbed. Sometimes not the same as highest point, if that point was an unsuccessful ascent or a non-summit goal hike.
  3. Most Prominent Peak climbed. Note that many peaks in the database do not yet have a prominence value.
  4. Most Isolated Peak climbed. Isolation values may not be 100% accurate, since most are cacluated to nearest higher peak in the database.
  5. Peak with most vertical gain hiked. Note that many climbers do not enter vertical gain information on their ascents. Also, if several summits are grouped in a "trip", then the total gain for all ascents in that trip is assigned to the trip high point.
  6. Peak with the highest "Quality" value--this is a subjective number from 1-10 given by the climber. Note that many climbers have not given any of their ascents quality numbers.
  7. Finally, "Top Ascents in All Categories", which shows, for each month, the unique peaks from all the 6 other categories. In many cases, one or two peaks will be the leader in the 6 categories, since often the highest peak climbed for a month is also the highest point reached, the most prominent peak, and the one with the most gain. But in some cases several peaks may appear for a month.

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