Snapshot Grid for Western USA - Highest Point Reached

Paul Michelson'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  
Links for other Regional Divisions:
  Eastern USA - States    North America/World Hybrid    Europe - Countries    Europe/World Hybrid    


1983Δ RainierΔ Hood   Δ Loge   
1984Δ Observation Rock Δ Shasta-X      
1985Δ Rainier        
1986Δ Snowfield Δ Eureka Dunes      
1987Δ Rainier        
1988Δ Stuart        
1989Δ Dragontail        
1990Δ Rainier        
1991Δ North Gardner        
1992Δ Cannon        
1993Δ Seven Fingered Jack        
1994Δ Reynolds        
1995Δ Shuksan    Δ Huffers Hill   
1996Δ Bonanza        
1997Δ Kimtah        
1998Δ Baker        
1999Δ Cathedral        
2000Δ Carru  Δ Schweitzer Basin     
2001Δ Adams        
2002Δ Rainier-X        
2003Δ Stuart        
2004Δ Spickard        
2005Δ JackΔ Sherman CoHPΔ Huckleberry      
2006Δ GoodeΔ Bachelor       
2009Δ Pacific CoHP    Δ Elbert Δ WheelerΔ Black Elk
2010Δ Adams-West Slope        
2011Δ Andrew        
2012Δ Tiffany        
2013Δ McGregor        
2014Δ Slate  Δ Bald     
2015Δ PlummerΔ Coxcomb Hill       
2016Δ Ruby    Δ Red Benchmark  Δ Carson CoHP
2017Δ Elija RidgeΔ BaldΔ Whitney    Δ Sandia CrestΔ Guadalupe
2018Δ Hozomeen    Δ Skinner Hill  Δ Ellis CoHP
2019Δ Adams  Δ Borah     
2020Δ Midnight Mountain South Summit  Δ ScotchmanΔ Divide    
2021Δ Higgins Lookout Site     Δ Pecks Lake Ridge  


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 "ND->TX" column includes 6 states: ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, and TX.

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