Help - Climber Compare

The Climber Compare web page allows you to see side-by-side comparisons of between 2 to 5 climbers against a list of peaks, showing the dates each climber climbed each peak. Among a group of friends, it can quickly show which peaks on a list have been climbed by everyone, by only certain people, or by no one.

Climbers: There are 5 drop-down controls, each fully populated with all climbers registered at If you are a registered user and you are logged in, you will appear at the top of the drop-down lists. If you have identified others for your Buddy List, those climbers will appear next in your list. If there is a climber you will be comparing often, it makes sense to add them to your buddy list.

Also, every climber’s home page has a link to the Compare page with that climber pre-selected as Climber #1 for the Comparison.

List: You can select any official list in this dropdown. The order is the same hierarchical order used by default in the main List Page. Instead of using this drop down, you can navigate to any individual list page on this site and there is a “Compare Climbers” link at the bottom of the page that will take you to the Compare page, with the list automatically populated.

There is also a special list at the top of the List drop-down called “All Peaks Climbed by Selected Climbers”. Selecting this list will first calculate (behind the scenes) a list of all unique peaks climbed by all climbers selected in the climber drop-downs. Then it will compare the climbers against this entire list. For comparing several climbers with hundreds of ascents, this can generate a very large list and take a long time.

Show Drop-Down: This will only show peaks that a certain number of climbers have climbed. For example, if you are comparing 3 climbers across a list with 50 peaks, and none of the three have ever climbed 20 of those peaks, selecting the “Peaks with three or more ascents” will yield a comparison of only the 30 peaks that someone has climbed.

Unranked Peaks on List: Many lists have peaks that for various reasons (such as insufficient prominence) are not officially ranked. Select “Hide Unranked Peaks” to remove these from the comparison.

Saving Comparison: If you are registered user and you are logged in, you can save a comparison by entering a name in the “Save Comparison Name” box and clicking “Save”. Each user is allowed to save up to 100 comparisons. There is a link to a list showing all of a climber’s saved comparisons on the climber’s home page, as well as on the Compare page. You can also delete a saved comparison if you no longer need it.

To generate a link to a comparison, it will be necessary to save it and grab the URL of the saved version (with a “cmp=” parameter).

Table Columns: The comparison chart is not meant to be a substitute for the main Peak List pages, so the number of data columns is kept to a minimum—just peak name, key statistics, and a short location descriptor. The “Num” column shows how many climbers have climbed that peak and this number will always be between 2 and 5. The number in parentheses under each climber’s name shows the total number of peaks in that table each climber has climbed.

Note that the date shown for a peak is always the date it was first climbed by a climber. This web page makes no attempt to compare subsequent ascents of the same peak against these first ascents across different climbers.

Sorting: You can click on any column header to sort by that column. When you save a comparison, the sort order is saved, too.

Time Elapsed: If only two climbers are selected for a comparison, a special column showing the time differential between their two ascents is shown. This column will not appear if 3, 4, or 5 climbers are selected.

An interesting comparison is to select two climbers, set the list to “All Peaks Climbed by Selected Climbers”, set the “Show” drop-down to “Peaks with 2 or more ascents”, run the comparison, and then sort the results by clicking on the “Time Elapsed “ column. Scrolling to the middle of the resulting table will show the peaks both climbers climbed on the same day, or very close in time. Perhaps you will discover that you and a friend climbed the same peak on the same day many years ago, before you knew each other!

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