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Jed the dog on the way to Bear Creek Pass (2004-07-11). Photo by Tom Sewell. 
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Tom Sewell and Jed the dog (2004-07-12). Photo by Tom Sewell.
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Tom Sewell--Another summit, somewhere. Photo by Tom Sewell.
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I started peakbagging in the mid eighties while a geography student at U of Montana in Missoula. After a few years a goal came to mind, why not try and do 500 peaks before my 50th birthday? It gradually became an obsession and my whole life became geared towards peaks. I started a seasonal, "rich people house painting" business in the old fancy part of Dallas Texas where I grew up, just so I could have as much time off as I wanted. So for the last zillion years I've worked about 5-6 months a year and spent the rest of the time bagging peaks (summers), nordic ski racing, trekking in Nepal, and training. I gave myself the nickname "Peakaholic", and sometimes found under Wildlands1, and you can usually find a one nepali rupee bill in the register of peaks I have reached. I just turned 50 this year and during those few days I summited the 4 highest peaks in the Venezuelan Andes above Merida. I made it to 500 last summer with an easy hike up Sphinx Peak in Montana's Lee Metcalf Wilderness. Much to my lovely,, Nepali, wifes' dismay, the lust for more didnt end at 500. Theres lots more yet to do! Most of my peaks have been scrambles, 75+% solo, and I prefer remote ones with grizzlies where possible. Since I often climb with my german shepard most of my peaks have been in wilderness areas and not in national parks. So far I've done peaks in all western states, BC, Alberta, my beloved Arctic Refuge in Alaska, some little ones while trekking in Nepal, and Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela. I've made it up over 50 peaks in Glacier National Park, and over 75 in the Bob Marshall ecosystem, over 50 in the central Idaho, "clearwater-selway-salmon" ecosystem, and over 50 in the "greater yellowstone ecosystem". In '02/'03 I did a solo, one year, 25000 mile, ride on my dual sport motorbike (KLR650) from Canada to the tip of South America and back up the Amazon, with a semi accomplished goal of bagging a peak in each country. My lifes funnest adventure! For the last 5 years my wife and I and Jed2 have been focusing on British Columbia peaks, most of the summer, living out of our camper on our truck. Much more challenging than those wimpy little american summits. (NOTE; cant member old dates, so I entered them by year and first of the month usually. Wilderness names abreviated and W means designated Wilderness Area. Mountain Bike ascents or assistance is OK by tom's rules. Different peaks claimed must be either; named prominances, one mile away from other summit, and/or 500' down/up to count.
Next things to accomplish; Around The World on my motorbike for many years. Trekking in Ladakh and a big peak in Tibet. Walk around inner Dolpo in Nepal, up that river in the snow leopard book(Mugu Karnali?). Finish some Nordic Ski marathons in Europe. Do another winter of Ski Marathons in our northwest. Make it up to Makalu Base camp finally. (Tried twice already!) See a stage of The Tour De France. Do a river in the Barrenlands of NWT Canada. Retire somewhere cool and cheap, Pokhara? Brazil? Where?? Then I can keel over happy!
So, i precariously moved to back Missoula Montana, '08 was the first summer in over 30 years i did zero trekking or climbed even one peak! But now, i'm slowly getting a grip. Our old german shepard Jed and i just did 2 little peaks in the Sheep Mtn Roadless Area out of Superior MT, in the northern Bitteroots. Maybe i can get my mind back to whats really impt - bagging peaks! P.S. i recently made me a Facebook Page cuz everybody else has one.


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Done
Glacier National Park 10,000-foot Peaks466.7
Montana Wilderness High Points743.8
Greater Yellowstone Range High Points627.3
Wyoming Wilderness High Points426.7
Peakbagging Montana List of 53 Peaks1426.4
Arizona 20-20 Challenge Peaks525
Sacred Navajo Mountains125
Montana Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence3423.8
Glacier National Park 9,000-foot Peaks1322
Idaho Wilderness High Points321.4
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Pico Bolívar16342Venezuela2007-02-13
Mount Wilson14246USA-CO1989-07-01
Mount Sneffels14150USA-CO2001-07-01
Sunlight Peak14059USA-CO1994-07-01
Storm King Peak13752USA-CO1994-07-01
Fremont Peak13745USA-WY2006-07-01
Kings Peak13528USA-UT1988-07-01
Jackson Peak13517USA-WY2006-07-01
Mount Emmons13440USA-UT1988-07-01
Cloud Peak13167USA-WY1998-09-01
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Pico Bolívar12982Venezuela2007-02-13
Wheeler Peak7563USA-NV2000-07-01
Cloud Peak7067USA-WY1998-09-01
Mount Edith Cavell6637Canada-AB1989-07-01
Kings Peak6348USA-UT1988-07-01
Mount Peale6161USA-UT1989-07-01
Humphreys Peak6039USA-AZ1988-07-01
Crazy Peak5709USA-MT1982-07-01
South Sister5588USA-OR1987-07-01
Snowshoe Peak5418USA-MT2004-08-15
Overall Statistics and Ranks  (Updated every 24 hours)
P-Index: 132  (Rank #1015/20153)Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 33  (Rank #726/19769)Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 144  (Rank #1079/19475)Link to Peak List sorted by elevation
Ascents: 540  (Rank #600/23469)Count of all logged ascents
Peaks/Points: 148  (Rank #1985/23378)Count of distinct peaks/points climbed
Peaks on Lists: 116  (Rank #1728/22220)Count of distinct peaks that are on lists
P100m Peaks: 144  (Rank #1088/22426)Count of peaks with 100m of promienence
      (See Prominence Summary Page for more prominence breakdowns)
Vertical Gain: 5,361 ft  (Rank #3618/5887)Sum of all vertical gain hiked
Distance: 4 mi  (Rank #4199/23469)Sum of all distance hiked
Trip Reports: 293  (Rank #182/9592)Count of posted trip reports
Days with Ascents: 38  (Rank #2976/21587)Days with a new 100m prominence peak


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