Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Highest Point Reached

Will Whitney's Ascents by Year/Month

Links for other Snapshot Grids:Use Metric 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  


1985      Δ Whitney     
1995       Δ Blackcomb    
1996       Δ Inspiration Point    
1997      Δ McLoughlinΔ Lassen    
1998    Δ Henry Cowell State Park Observation Deck Δ RalstonΔ Caroline Livermore    
1999Δ Diablo     Δ LeavittΔ Tallac    
2000  Δ Sonoma State Historic Park HP  Δ HaleakalaΔ ButtesΔ Hoffmann    
2001     Δ Freel  Δ Red LakeΔ Tumalo  
2002     Δ SnowΔ Markleeville Δ SonoraΔ KaiserΔ Tamalpais-E Pk 
2003    Δ Junipero SerraΔ Bright Angel PointΔ TryonΔ Hiram    
2004   Δ PinosΔ Arlington National Cemetery HPΔ CastleΔ LincolnΔ Round Top    
2005  Δ Bodega Head   Δ HawkinsΔ Thimble    
2006 Δ Wittenberg  Δ Saint HelenaΔ BaldΔ Peak 9795Δ South CampΔ Random Slope  Δ Camelback
2007   Δ RedwoodΔ Black Butte Δ Brokeoff     
2008    Δ Cougar-XΔ Lovers LeapΔ TimpanogosΔ Little Round Top    
2009    Δ Hayes HillΔ TiogaΔ ReversedΔ Dana    
2010     Δ Half DomeΔ Clouds RestΔ Sawtooth    
2011Δ Panoramic Hill     Δ DunderbergΔ Starr-X Δ Briones  
2012  Δ Pan Toll Ridge Δ Round TopΔ Glacier PointΔ CirqueΔ Sherman    
2013   Δ China WallΔ Russian HillΔ Taft PointΔ EddyΔ Soda Δ DavidsonΔ MontaraΔ Black
2014Δ El Sombroso Δ Loma Prieta-XΔ RoseΔ San BrunoΔ EllisΔ EastΔ Telegraph HillΔ South Yolla BollyΔ High Bridge SummitΔ VacaΔ Castle Rock-X
2015Δ AllisonΔ Eagle RockΔ FremontΔ Pleasanton RidgeΔ Priest RockΔ StevensΔ MonumentΔ ThompsonΔ TalkingΔ CathedralΔ Sunol Wilderness HPΔ Sonoma Mountains HP
2016 Δ Slacker HillΔ San Pablo RidgeΔ Van-Sickle Vista PointΔ BaldΔ MartisΔ PickettΔ HuckleberryΔ Tamalpais-W PkΔ HoughtonΔ White HillΔ Table Rock
2017  Δ C HillΔ GroshΔ Deadman PointΔ SiegelΔ Church  Δ RubiconΔ LoneΔ Flowery
2018Δ Antler PointΔ Lake Valley State Recreation Area HPΔ UmunhumΔ Washoe Meadow State Park HPΔ BullionΔ TrimmerΔ TallacΔ Oursan RidgeΔ Painted RockΔ RelayΔ EbbettsΔ North Chalone
2019Δ Sugarloaf Δ PicachoΔ Twin Peaks NorthΔ Mare Island HillΔ BaldΔ WheelerΔ South CampΔ Peak 719Δ CharlestonΔ TahoeΔ Peak 1348
2020Δ Mulligan HillΔ BennettΔ Peak 1204Δ Abrott BenchmarkΔ RobbsΔ Peak 9390Δ JobsΔ Gold Star Δ El Chamisal-Southeast SlopeΔ Bald Hill 
2021Δ Green HillΔ Ransom PointΔ Forest of Nisene Marks State Park HPΔ San BenitoΔ CaryΔ Lovers LeapΔ Carson     


Legend for Color Coding

20,000 feet or more
14,000 to 19,999 feet
10,000 to 13,999 feet
5,000 to 9,999 feet
2,000 to 4,999 feet
Below 2,000 ft

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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