Snapshot Grid for World/NA - Highest Point Reached

J Thornton's Ascents by Year/Place

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  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    


YearWest USAEast USA
1975Δ Wiedemann Hill 
1977Δ Rose 
1978Δ Tallac 
1979Δ Wheeler 
1980Δ Rose 
1981Δ Siyeh 
1986Δ Rose 
1987Δ Arc Dome 
1988Δ Rose 
1990Δ Tallac 
1991Δ Rainier 
1992Δ Whitney 
1993Δ Stuart 
1994Δ StuartΔ Brasstown Bald
1995Δ MatterhornΔ Whiteside
1996Δ Whitney 
1999Δ Moran 
2000Δ Grand Teton 
2001Δ Emory 
2002Δ Blanca 
2003Δ RoseΔ Elk
2005Δ CathedralΔ Magazine
2006Δ Crestone Needle 
2007Δ BoundaryΔ Bear
2008Δ BelfordΔ Greylock
2009Δ Bierstadt 
2010Δ DanaΔ Hunter
2011Δ Cirque 
2012Δ Morgan 
2013Δ White MountainΔ Black Dome
2014Δ Handies 
2015Δ Lincoln 
2016Δ Black 
2017Δ AnteroΔ Ragged
2018Δ Democrat 
2019Δ Uncompahgre 
2020Δ ShermanΔ Granite
2021Δ La Plata 
2022Δ Oso 
YearWest USAEast USA


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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