Peakbagging Page for Tom Layton

Personal Climb Logs

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Personal Lists

Lists personally created by Tom Layton. (Search for Lists from other climbers).

  • Personal Lists: Shows all lists created by Tom Layton. Includes Query Lists created using the Query Tool, and "Pick-and-Choose" Lists created by selecting individual peaks.
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  • Wish List: A list of unclimbed peaks that are high-priority and/or have immediate climbing plans.

Time-Period Summary Reports

These reports show number of peaks climbed, highest point reached, and other statistics grouped by year or month.

User Created Content

US County High Point Links

Tom Layton has self-identified as interested in climbing to the high points of counties in the United States.

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My name is on NC's 7th highest peak! (2013-06-01). Photo by Tom Layton.
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"I took a topographic map and picked out on it, by means of the contour lines and the blank space showing no settlement, what seemed to be the wildest part of these regions; and there I went."
--Horace Kephart, 1922

Horace Kephart was a St. Louis librarian who became one of the founding fathers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was a Missouri journalism student when I discovered Kephart's epic "Our Southern Highlanders." In my own way, I have been plodding in his footsteps ever since.

Since my all-too-short Boy Scout days, I have had a fascination with mountains and maps. In my dotage, I have been delighted to discover,, and I appreciate the insights of everyone who contributes to these websites. You inspire my explorations, guide my paths, and put my wanderings in context.

I post trip reports for all my hikes on Peakbagger and occasionally blog about my ramblings on The blog also has a schedule of my upcoming hikes, in case you'd like to come along. Most weekends, I'm walking somewhere in NC, TN, VA, or SC.

I was raised in Anderson SC, worked 20 years as a sportswriter in Greenville SC, and have lived since 1999 in Boone NC, where I serve as print editor for the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

From 2007 through 2011, I volunteered with the crew that built the summit trail to Elk Knob in my home county of Watauga NC. The view atop Elk Knob (5550+) is well worth the walk. I have seen 5 states (SC/NC/KY/VA/TN) and 32 county high points from the summit. There may be as many as 41 COHPs visible, according to Adjacent Snake Mountain (5560+) has a similar panorama. I would be interested in any other location where over 30 COHPs are visible.

Tom Layton
Boone NC
Call or text: 828-sevenonenine-1524
Email: (cut and paste it--that's L-eight-ten, not one-810)

My blogs:
Le Conte Log: Tracking the most relentless climbers on the Smokies' most addictive peak.
Come Walk With Me: Random thoughts on topics that inspire me.
The Stoneman Gazette: Revisiting the Civil War in my backyard.


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Highest Priority Lists
ListPriority% Done
Southeast/Ozark USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence192
Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet285.7
South Beyond 6000377.5
Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge472.7
U.S. State High Points530
NC Mile-High Peaks653.4
NC 1,000-foot Prominence761.5
Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs876
Tennessee County High Points917.9
Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Done
North Carolina County High Points100100
South Carolina County High Points46100
Virginia 4500-foot Peaks13100
NC 2,000-foot Prominence11100
Watauga County ranked peaks2392
Southeast USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence2291.7
Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet3685.7
South Beyond 60003177.5
Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs3876
Southern Appalachian 6000-foot Peaks2674.3
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Pikes Peak14110USA-CO2018-07-28
Toll Memorial Lookout12310USA-CO2018-07-27
Stockaid Benchmark11029USA-WY2012-10-01 b
Peak 1098210982USA-WY2012-10-01 a
Sandia Crest10678USA-NM1998-05-31
Mount Washburn10243USA-WY2011-08-18
Signal Mountain7720USA-WY2011-08-19
Mount Mitchell6684USA-NC1979
Mount Craig6647USA-NC2008
Clingmans Dome6643USA-NC/TN1970
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Mount Washington6148USA-NH2011-05-23
Mount Mitchell6089USA-NC1979
Pikes Peak5510USA-CO2018-07-28
Clingmans Dome4503USA-NC/TN1970
Sandia Crest4098USA-NM1998-05-31
Roan High Knob3485USA-NC/TN2010-06-27
Huckleberry Knob3400USA-NC2015-07-11 a
Richland Balsam3010USA-NC1998
Apple Orchard Mountain2825USA-VA2011-08-13 a
Standing Indian2819USA-NC1966
Overall Statistics and Ranks  (Updated every 24 hours)
P-Index: 186  (Rank #529/21742)Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 41  (Rank #456/21338)Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 316  (Rank #430/21008)Link to Peak List sorted by elevation
Ascents: 1123  (Rank #242/25198)Count of all logged ascents
Peaks/Points: 751  (Rank #303/25102)Count of distinct peaks/points climbed
Peaks on Lists: 420  (Rank #327/23831)Count of distinct peaks that are on lists
P100m Peaks: 319  (Rank #437/24089)Count of peaks with 100m of promienence
      (See Prominence Summary Page for more prominence breakdowns)
Vertical Gain: 526,494 ft  (Rank #223/6298)Sum of all vertical gain hiked
Distance: 2,216 mi  (Rank #141/25198)Sum of all distance hiked
Trip Reports: 800  (Rank #49/10310)Count of posted trip reports
Days with Ascents: 170  (Rank #401/23252)Days with a new 100m prominence peak


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