Snapshot Grid for Western USA - Highest Point Reached

J Thornton'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    


1975 Δ Wiedemann Hill       
1977  Δ Rose      
1978 Δ TallacΔ Slide      
1979  Δ Wheeler      
1980 Δ Half DomeΔ Rose      
1981   Δ Siyeh     
1986 Δ LassenΔ Rose      
1987  Δ Arc Dome      
1988 Δ Black HawkΔ Rose      
1990 Δ Tallac       
1991Δ RainierΔ Telescope       
1992Δ BakerΔ WhitneyΔ Wheeler      
1993Δ Stuart        
1994Δ Stuart        
1995 Δ Matterhorn   Δ Olympus   
1996Δ StuartΔ Whitney   Δ Castleton Tower  Δ Black Elk
1999    Δ Moran    
2000    Δ Grand TetonΔ Deseret   
2001        Δ Emory
2002       Δ Blanca 
2003  Δ Rose     Δ Elk
2005 Δ Cathedral       
2006  Δ Rawe   Δ Crestone Needle  
2007  Δ Boundary      
2008 Δ Freel    Δ Belford Δ Picacho
2009 Δ Cleaver-XΔ Rose   Δ Bierstadt Δ Picacho
2010 Δ DanaΔ Rose      
2011 Δ CirqueΔ Rose      
2012 Δ MorganΔ Tamarack     Δ Guadalupe
2013 Δ White MountainΔ Rose      
2014 Δ NorthΔ Rose   Δ Handies  
2015 Δ Humphreys-XΔ Rose   Δ Lincoln  
2016 Δ BlackΔ Houghton      
2017 Δ Emerson    Δ Antero  
2018Δ West Tiger Mountain #3Δ SonoraΔ Relay   Δ Democrat Δ Hunter
2019      Δ UncompahgreΔ WheelerΔ Guadalupe
2020      Δ ShermanΔ LakeΔ La Mota-X
2021      Δ La PlataΔ Sheepshead 
2022        Δ Oso


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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