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

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Adam Helman, happy after his climb of Malinche, Mexico (2012-01-09).
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Adam Helman

July 12, 1960 - Detroit, MI / January 9, 2015 - San Diego, CA

Adam was an extremely prolific climber, a pillar of the peakbagging community, and a warm-hearted soul whose lively presence made an indelible impression on everyone he met. His untimely death was felt strongly throughout the wide net he cast in life.

His accomplishments in the mountains are summarized on this site, and include climbs of major peaks in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He climbed 14 of the world’s 50 most prominent peaks, and 120 “ultra-prominence” peaks, ranking #6 in the world for this pursuit. Perhaps his most impressive achievement is becoming only the second person to climb all 414 county high points in the western USA.

Adam devoted huge amounts of his personal time to run the website, a hub for the diverse band of addicts that are after the 3100-odd U.S. county high points. Online, his presence was a knowledgeable and opinionated voice with an encyclopedic knowledge of mountain lore and the physical sciences, liberally enriched with entertaining stories. He also authored two books: the reference work "The Finest Peaks: Prominence and other Mountain Measures" and the memoir "A Tale of Twelve Summers".

But it is his unique personal qualities that his friends and family will remember most--all of us have “Adam stories”, and the one constant they all have is that they always bring a smile. I recall the way he would calculate the number of calories we were burning on the trail, adjusted for pack weight and trail roughness, all in his head. Or the endless supplies of gourmet foods he would haul up the mountains, such as rich and delicious babka cakes. And his huge packs, looking like a refrigerator on his back, that his wiry frame hauled on major expeditions. The way he used his fluent Spanish to schmooze his way past Latin American bureaucracy. His loping, nimble gait that somehow could keep pace with the fastest of us and got him up steep rock faces with ease. The computer skills he showed in quickly mastering software needed to keep his website running. His ubiquitous magic bag of special spices that turned even the most mundane chain-restaurant meal with him into an experience to remember. So many memories. Such a tragic loss.

--Greg Slayden, January 2015


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Highest Priority Lists
ListPriority% Done
World Top 50 by Prominence128
World 1500 m (4921 ft) Prominence Peaks27.7
World 600 m (1969 ft) Prominence Peaks31.7
USA 48 States 2000 ft Prominence Peaks438.5
World Country High Points54.3
USA County High Points617.2
USA 48-States 14,000-foot Peaks745.3
U.S. State High Points878
Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Done
Western Contiguous USA CoHPs414100
100 Highest CoHPs in Lower 48100100
Colorado County High Points64100
California County High Points58100
USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence57100
Montana County High Points56100
U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States53100
High Points of Counties Crossed by the Continental Divide53100
Fifty Highest CoHPs in Lower 4850100
5000 foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States46100
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Nevado de Illimani21122Bolivia2001-05-07
Volcán Cotopaxi19347Ecuador2008-12-14
Cerro Tomasamil19127Bolivia2011-01-04
Volcán Cayambe18996Ecuador2008-12-19
Pico de Orizaba18491Mexico-Pue/Ver1996-11-30
Ritacuba Blanco17749Colombia2014-01-14
Volcán Iztaccíhuatl17103Mexico-Pue/Mex1991
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Pico de Orizaba16148Mexico-Pue/Ver1996-11-30
Mauna Kea13796USA-HI1998-04-19
Mount Rainier13246USA-WA1992-07
Volcán Tajumulco13058Guatemala2011-02-13
Pico Bolívar12982Venezuela2004-01-28
Gunung Kerinci12484Indonesia2007-07-10
Overall Statistics and Ranks  (Updated every 24 hours)
P-Index: 565  (Rank #24/22456)Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 107  (Rank #12/22036)Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 784  (Rank #83/21684)Link to Peak List sorted by elevation
Ascents: 1113  (Rank #265/25977)Count of all logged ascents
Peaks/Points: 1064  (Rank #191/25879)Count of distinct peaks/points climbed
Peaks on Lists: 964  (Rank #99/24543)Count of distinct peaks that are on lists
P100m Peaks: 854  (Rank #108/24821)Count of peaks with 100m of promienence
      (See Prominence Summary Page for more prominence breakdowns)
Distance:  mi  (Rank #5008/25977)Sum of all distance hiked
Trip Reports: 176  (Rank #376/10598)Count of posted trip reports
Days with Ascents: 288  (Rank #104/23983)Days with a new 100m prominence peak


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