Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Highest Point Reached

Mark Aitken's Ascents by Year/Month

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


1984       Δ Ben Nevis    
1985    Δ Scafell Pike  Δ Rosa    
1987       Δ Großglockner Δ Snowdon  
1988   Δ Pen y Fan        
1989       Δ Blanc    
1990      Δ Carnedd Llewelyn     
1996   Δ Carrauntoohil       Δ Teide
1997  Δ Puig Mayor  Δ Ida  Δ Jebel Toubkal  Δ Kala Pattar
1998     Δ Galdhøpiggen  Δ Athabasca   
1999Δ Olympus           
2001      Δ Olympus  Δ Gebel Katherîna  
2002   Δ Phofung    Δ Triglav   
2003        Δ Half DomeΔ Orizaba Δ Cayambe
2004Δ Cotopaxi         Δ Gebel MûsaΔ Kenya-Nelion
2005Δ Kilimanjaro      Δ Sajama    
2006Δ Stanley     Δ Stok Kangri Δ Mulhacén   
2007Δ Aconcagua     Δ MatterhornΔ Elbrus   Δ Ras Dashen
2008       Δ Stok Kangri    
2009Δ Pili      Δ Ararat   Δ Kinabalu
2010 Δ LesatimaΔ Kenya   Δ Zugspitze  Δ PokaldeΔ Island 
2011     Δ Denali      
2012  Δ Jabal Umm ad Dami  Δ Hvannadalshnúkur  Δ Corno Grande Δ Tent 
2013          Δ Ama Dablam 
2014 Δ MeruΔ Little Meru     Δ Tavan Bogd Uul Δ Yala 
2015           Δ Tajumulco
2017          Δ Yushan 
2018 Δ Ðeravica          


Legend for Color Coding

6,000 meters or more
4,000 to 5,999 meters
3,000 to 3,999 meters
1,500 to 2,999 meters
600 to 1,499 meters
Below 600 meters

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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