Help and Information about Personal Lists

A Personal List shows a collection of peaks selected by a registered user. Currently, two kinds of personal list can be created: a "Life List" and a "Wish List". See below for general guidelines for these lists.

To add peaks to your life list or wish list, follow these instructions:

  • Create an account at if you don't have one already, and log in to the site.
  • Navigate to the Peak page for the peak you want to add. There are many ways to get to a peak page on the site--whenever there is a peak name, it is hyperlinked to its page. You can also search for a peak using the search page, or browse lists of peaks and click on the peak names there.
  • If you are logged in, and access a peak page, you will see buttons near the top of the page that allow you to add or remove that peak from your life list or your wish list.
  • There is no way at present to add more than one peak at a time. You must individually visit a peak page and click on the "Add to List" button for every peak you want to add.
  • If you navigate to the page of a peak already on one of your personal lists, you will not be allowed to add it again. But you can remove that peak from your list if you want.
  • There is a maximum of 100 peaks allowed per personal list. If you are at the limit, the page header will let you now, and you will not be able to add more peaks to your personal lists.
  • You cannot add user-entered (provisional) peaks to a personal list. If you have added a peak to the database and would like to add it to one of your personal lists, email the webmaster to get your provisional peak promoted to the full database in an expedited fashion.
  • To see your Life List or Wish List, navigate to your personal home page on the site (when logged in, there is a link on top for "My Home Page") and you will see a section where you can view these lists.

Life List - General Guidelines

A climber's Life List is a collection of peaks that summarize a lifetime of mountain experiences, in the past, present, and future. It shows the peaks a climber is most proud of climbing, the significant peaks with trips planned, and ultimate goals for the distant future. Your life list can also be thought of as a "peaks I want to climb before I die" list, or a "bucket list".

If you are just getting started with climbing, mountaineering, or peakbagging, perhaps all your life list peaks are now unclimbed by you. If you have some serious and/or inspiring climbs under your belt, adding them to you life list is a great way to memorialize them. And no matter what your age, you can keep a group of peaks on your life list that, even if you do not think you will ever stand atop them, will always remain a theoretical crowing achievement.

There could be some overlap between the life list and the wish list, but only if you are planning an important climb in the somewhat near future. A minor local hill you have had your eye on for a off-season quick conditioning hike belongs on the wish list, while a far-away famous peak that inspired you via a calendar photograph belongs on the life list.

Wish List - General Guidelines

The Wish List for a climber shows the peaks that are high-priority ascents for the relatively immediate future. This list is not meant for far-off dreams--it is for fairly definite plans for peaks where you have the skills and experience to make the ascent safely. However, a climber is free to add whatever peaks are desired, and different climbers have different definitions of "farily definite plans". So there is nothing stopping a novice hiker from adding K2 to his wish list.

Like the life list, a climber can add a maximum of 100 peaks to his or her wish list. The other rule is that you cannot add a peak to your wish list that you have already climbed. When you add an ascent of a peak on your wish list using the ascent logging system, it will automatically be deleted from you wish list, with no additional action required by you.

A possible future site feature is the ability to look up other climbers that you share wish-list peaks with. If the other climbers allow anonymous e-mail contacts, you could even find a climbing partner based on your shared interest in future objectives. That is one reason why it is a good idea to follow the guidelines here, so that climbing interests are accurately and consistently listed.

Of course, these are only guidelines, you are also free to use these lists in any way you see fit and completely ignore anything that is not enforced programatically. Feel free to come up with your own definitions and usages of this feature.

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