Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Highest Peak Climbed

David Olson's Ascents by Year/Month

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


1981     Δ GreenΔ GraysΔ South Table    
1982      Δ Bierstadt     
1983      Δ DemocratΔ LongsΔ Harvard   
1984    Δ Thunder Butte Δ PikesΔ EvansΔ Elbert   
1985  Δ Panorama Point  Δ ShavanoΔ QuandaryΔ UncompahgreΔ Wind RiverΔ Greenhorn Δ Blanca
1986     Δ La PlataΔ LongsΔ MaroonΔ Castle Δ Coon HillΔ Humphreys
1987 Δ Sunflower Δ PopocatépetlΔ PacificΔ CrestoneΔ LongsΔ CapitolΔ Eolus   
1988   Δ ArkansasΔ GeminiΔ FrenchΔ Crestone NeedleΔ SneffelsΔ WhitneyΔ Kit Carson Δ Timms Hill
1989   Δ PopocatépetlΔ Elbert-S PkΔ BlancaΔ Handies Δ WilsonΔ Cathedral  
1990        Δ Half Δ La Malinche 
1991    Δ Old BaldyΔ Thunder PyramidΔ GraysΔ AdamsΔ Dallas Δ Toluca 
1992   Δ Hoosier Ridge  Δ Castle RockΔ Twining Δ Vermilion Δ Negra
1993     Δ RedΔ EdwardsΔ LangleyΔ Peak 9Δ Massive-NW Pk Δ Orizaba
1994   Δ Adams CoHPΔ Twin Sisters PeaksΔ VasquezΔ Peak 13736Δ BennettΔ Hesperus  Δ Mauna Kea
1995   Δ Crowley CoHPΔ Caballo Mountain-Southwest Slope Δ Peale Δ ConejosΔ West Spanish Δ Sedgwick CoHP
1996Δ Elam Benchmark  Δ Kit Carson CoHPΔ Elbert CoHPΔ Flat TopΔ Rio Blanco CoHPΔ ZirkelΔ SummitΔ Twin MountainsΔ Washington CoHPΔ Lincoln CoHP
1997Δ Sheridan CoHPΔ Two ButtesΔ Logan CoHPΔ Loma AltaΔ Shannon BenchmarkΔ JacqueΔ KingsΔ LambornΔ VestalΔ BlackΔ San JoseΔ Madison CoHP
1998Δ Grant CoHP Δ Decatur CoHPΔ Cement RidgeΔ Graham Δ BierstadtΔ Cloud  Δ Perkins CoHPΔ Nance CoHP
1999Δ Roberts CoHPΔ Stevens CoHPΔ Phillips CoHPΔ Lamar BenchmarkΔ GrandeΔ BisonΔ WheelerΔ GrizzlyΔ WillardΔ Denton CoHPΔ BearΔ Carson CoHP
2000Δ Ellis CoHPΔ Dallas CoHPΔ Palo Pinto CoHPΔ Tarrant CoHPΔ SteppΔ Le ChasseralΔ Vanil Noir Δ Collingsworth CoHP Δ LemmonΔ Dodge CoHP
2001Δ Diablo Δ Poolville Benchmark Δ Motley CoHP Δ Spruce KnobΔ Chalk Mountain EastΔ LookoutΔ Lubbock CoHPΔ Baylor CoHPΔ Boone CoHP
2002Δ RichΔ Burleson HillΔ Cusseta MountainsΔ Bosque CoHPΔ McKenzie Mountains Δ Wood CoHPΔ BullΔ Hutchinson CoHP  Δ Rains CoHP
2003Δ Young CoHPΔ Baldy  Δ Pittsburg CoHP Δ Marion CoHP     
2004 Δ Underwood  Δ Slatington Benchmark Δ Robertson CoHP   Δ Okmulgee CoHP 
2005    Δ Ebright Azimuth    Δ ShinallΔ Holt Hill 
2006  Δ Broomfield CoHPΔ QuiemuthΔ Camano Island HP    Δ GoldΔ Huckleberry Ridge 
2007    Δ Pacific CoHP    Δ Badger Δ San Benito
2008    Δ Constitution    Δ Indian Rock  
2009  Δ Lilienthal   Δ Kennesaw Δ Sturgeon Rock-West Ridge   
2010     Δ Blue MoundsΔ Goat     
2011  Δ Stratford Hill Δ Quirauk   Δ Howard CoHPΔ Prince Georges CoHPΔ French BenchmarkΔ Fairfax CoHP
2012Δ Fairfax City HP  Δ East Big Flat RidgeΔ CroydonΔ Third Hill Δ Blue Ridge-Wilson Gap SouthΔ Charity Benchmark SoutheastΔ Barrett BenchmarkΔ Blue 
2013Δ Calvert CoHP       Δ Wild Turkey Rock   
2014    Δ Charles CoHPΔ Fredericksburg City HP Δ Cacapon Mountain-Ridge BenchmarkΔ Hawksbill   
2015  Δ Lancaster CoHP  Δ Spotsylvania CoHP      
2016    Δ Gloucester CoHPΔ Manassas City HP Δ HamiltonΔ Pinnacle   
2017 Δ Whiteford BenchmarkΔ Snow HillΔ Bald Hill RangeΔ FrissellΔ King PhilipΔ GreylockΔ WestΔ Burrillville HPΔ Deuel CoHPΔ Bald 
2018 Δ HigbyΔ Inspiration Point         


Legend for Color Coding

20,000 feet or more
14,000 to 19,999 feet
10,000 to 13,999 feet
5,000 to 9,999 feet
2,000 to 4,999 feet
Below 2,000 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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