Legend for Color Coding
|Quality of 10|
|Quality of 8 or 9|
|Quality of 6 or 7|
|Quality of 4 or 5|
|Quality of 2 or 3|
|Quality of 1|
About the Snapshot Year-Month Grid
- "-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:
- Highest Point Reached. Can be an unsucessful attempt or non-summit goal hike.
- Highest Peak Climbed. Sometimes not the same as highest point, if that point was an unsuccessful ascent or a non-summit goal hike.
- Most Prominent Peak climbed. Note that many peaks in the Peakbagger.com database do not yet have a prominence value.
- Most Isolated Peak climbed. Isolation values may not be 100% accurate, since most are cacluated to nearest higher peak in the database.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Notes on Regions:
- The "NJ-PA-MD" column includes DE and DC.
- The "Grt Lakes" column includes OH, IN, MI, IL, WI, and MN.
- The "Cent-Gulf" column includes IA, MO, AR, LA, MS, and FL.