Snapshot Grid for World/NA - Highest Point Reached

Ken Oeser's Ascents by Year/Place

Links for other Grid Types:Use Meters 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  
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  Western USA - States    Eastern USA - States    Europe - Countries    Europe/World Hybrid    


YearAK-HIWest USAEast USAMex-CA-CbnS America
1963  Δ Clingmans Dome  
1987  Δ Cadillac  
1989 Δ Half Dome   
1991 Δ GuadalupeΔ Cheaha  
1992 Δ Black ElkΔ Mitchell  
1993  Δ Washington  
1994 Δ Whitney   
1995 Δ Kings   
1996 Δ Elbert   
1997 Δ Boundary   
1998 Δ Rainier   
1999 Δ GraniteΔ Haw Knob  
2000Δ Mauna KeaΔ GannettΔ Guyot  
2001 Δ LookoutΔ Richland Balsam  
2002 Δ GraysΔ Comers Rock  
2003  Δ Ryans Creek  
2004 Δ BlancaΔ Potato KnobΔ Punta 
2005 Δ LemmonΔ Apple Orchard  
2006  Δ Sandymush Bald  
2007 Δ WilsonΔ Floyd CoHP  
2008 Δ PinosΔ Keeney Knob  
2009 Δ LincolnΔ Myles Knob  
2010 Δ EastΔ Lafayette  
2011 Δ ShastaΔ Le Conte  
2012 Δ HarvardΔ The  
2013  Δ Sugarloaf  
2014Δ KaalaΔ BaldyΔ Guyot  
2015 Δ WindomΔ Garlands Knob  
2016 Δ MonumentΔ Stratton  
2017Δ AnvilΔ DelanoΔ Big Bald  
2018 Δ WaasΔ Coldbranch Δ Huayna Picchu
2019 Δ Medicine BowΔ Summit  
2020 Δ American Fork Twin PeaksΔ Lexington CoHP  
YearAK-HIWest USAEast USAMex-CA-CbnS America


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.

Notes on Regions:

  • The dividing line between the West USA and East USA is the 100 degree west meridian.
  • "Canada" includes Greenland and St. Pierre and Miquelon.
  • "Mex-CA-Cbn" includes Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands.
  • "ME-Ind-CAs" includes the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Greater Himalaya, and Central Asia.
  • "Asia E + SE" includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, and Siberia.

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