Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Highest Point Reached

Mark Nichols'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  


1987         Δ Glenn  
1988Δ Baldy  Δ MicaΔ RinconΔ Graham Δ Wrightson Δ WassonΔ Bassett 
1989Δ Apache Δ CoyoteΔ Pinnacle RidgeΔ Chiricahua       
1990 Δ Pinal Δ Mae West Peaks Δ Cottonwood    Δ Burro 
1991Δ Reiley  Δ Pusch Ridge Wilderness HPΔ Baboquivari Δ EscudillaΔ PastoraΔ Guthrie   
1992      Δ Escudilla Mountain-S Pk     
1993         Δ Black  
1994  Δ SwisshelmΔ SilverΔ North Peloncillo HP    Δ Manzanita  
1995       Δ Whitewater BaldyΔ Eagle Δ McKnight 
1996    Δ South Baldy   Δ Withington   
1997 Δ Bryce   Δ TurtleΔ West BlueΔ DoyleΔ Humphreys Δ Union 
1998  Δ Big HatchetΔ HarquahalaΔ WhiterocksΔ Hualapai Δ Santa Fe BaldyΔ WheelerΔ Animas Mountains HPΔ Timber 
1999Δ SignalΔ Barry GoldwaterΔ Little CostillaΔ Apache PeaksΔ Manzano Δ Guadalupe Δ KingsΔ WhitneyΔ Peak 6644Δ Organ Needle
2000 Δ SalinasΔ Estrella HPΔ Alamo Hueco Mountains Δ Capitan Mountains HPΔ ChicomaΔ BoundaryΔ Delano   
2001Δ Cunningham     Δ VenadoΔ BorahΔ ScottΔ PlacerΔ BaldyΔ Mohawk
2002 Δ Gu AchiΔ Tipton Δ TrumbullΔ AlegresΔ San AntonioΔ EllenΔ HillersΔ Ute Δ Harcuvar
2003  Δ Mohon  Δ Phillips Δ PealeΔ Tipton Δ Wilson 
2004      Δ Baker Butte  Δ KittΔ Cimarron 
2005  Δ South        Δ Bangs
2006 Δ Mound  Δ South BaldyΔ Gold HillΔ Hilgard Δ North Schell   
2007   Δ Black Hills-De Baca Benchmark Δ LakeΔ CopernicusΔ West MountainΔ Moriah   
2008    Δ Swasey Δ WheelerΔ Uncompahgre    
2009      Δ CurrantΔ Salt BenchmarkΔ PinosΔ Telescope  
2010    Δ Knoll Δ Monument Δ San Gorgonio   
2011   Δ NavajoΔ Highland Δ Granite Δ White MountainΔ Patterson  
2012 Δ Mormon   Δ Table  Δ Grant   
2013   Δ WhalebackΔ CraterΔ Summit  Δ CobbΔ Goosenest  
2014    Δ Saddle Benchmark Δ Elbert     
2015     Δ Bunker Hill  Δ Castle   
2017      Δ Steens  Δ Egan Benchmark  


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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