Peakbagging Page for Tom Layton

Personal Climb Logs

The links below take you to dynamically generated lists of Tom Layton's peakbagging activity.

  • Ascent List: List of Tom Layton's hikes, climbs, summits, and attempts.
  • Peak List: List of distinct summits attained, with peak statistics. Includes a peak's "Personal Isolation".
  • List of Lists: Peakbagging Lists that Tom Layton is pursuing, showing progress for each list by number and percent of peaks climbed.
  • Trip Report Index: Same as the main climb list, but only showing climbs with trip reports and/or GPS Tracks.
  • Unsuccessful Ascent List: A badge of honor for real climbers--lessons learned when turning back.
  • Multiple Ascents List: A listing of all peaks climbed more than once.
  • Progressive Peak List: Time-ordered progressive lists for eight different metrics.
  • Master Peak Map: Interactive worldwide map showing all peaks climbed, color-coded by elevation or prominence.

Social Networking

Reports showing a climber's buddies and other climbers. Click for More Info

Personal Lists

Lists personally created by Tom Layton.

  • Personal Lists: Shows all lists created by Tom Layton. Includes Query Lists created using the Query Tool, and "Pick-and-Choose" Lists created by selecting individual peaks.
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Time-Period Summary Reports

These reports show number of peaks climbed, highest point reached, and other statistics grouped by year or month.

US County High Point Links

Tom Layton has self-identified as interested in climbing to the high points of counties in the United States.



"I took a topographic map and picked out on it, by means of the contour lines and the blank space showing no settlement, what seemed to be the wildest part of these regions; and there I went."
--Horace Kephart, 1922

Horace Kephart was a St. Louis librarian who became one of the founding fathers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was a Missouri journalism student when I discovered Kephart's epic "Our Southern Highlanders." In my own way, I have been plodding in his footsteps ever since.

Since my all-too-short Boy Scout days, I have had a fascination with mountains and maps. In my dotage, I have been delighted to discover,, and I appreciate the insights of everyone who contributes to these websites. You inspire my explorations, guide my paths, and put my wanderings in context.

I post trip reports for all my hikes on Peakbagger and occasionally blog about my ramblings on The blog also has a schedule of my upcoming hikes, in case you'd like to come along. Most weekends, I'm walking somewhere in NC, TN, VA, or SC.

I was raised in Anderson SC, worked 20 years as a sportswriter in Greenville SC, and have lived since 1999 in Boone NC, where I serve as print editor for the international Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

From 2007 through 2011, I volunteered with the crew that built the summit trail to Elk Knob in my home county of Watauga NC. The view atop Elk Knob (5550+) is well worth the walk. I have seen 5 states (SC/NC/KY/VA/TN) and 32 county high points from the summit. There may be as many as 41 COHPs visible, including one 150 miles away, according to Adjacent Snake Mountain (5560+) has a similar panorama. I would be interested in any other location where over 30 COHPs are visible.

Tom Layton
Boone NC
Email: (cut and paste it--that's L-eight-ten, not one-810)
My blogs:
Le Conte Log: Tracking the most relentless climbers on the Smokies' most addictive peak.
Come Walk With Me: Random thoughts on topics that inspire me.
The Stoneman Gazette: Revisiting the Civil War in my backyard.
Cell: 828-sevenonenine-1524
Home: 828-twosixeight-1479


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List% Complete
South Carolina County High Points100
Virginia 4500-foot Peaks100
Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet76.2
North Carolina County High Points73
Southeast USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence70.8
Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs68
Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence56
South Beyond 600055
Southern Appalachian 6000-foot Peaks51.4
Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge45.8
Highest Priority Lists
NC Mile-High Peaks1
South Beyond 60001
U.S. State High Points1
North Carolina County High Points1
Southern Appalachian 6000-foot Peaks1
Southeast USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence1
Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs2
Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet2
Virginia County/Ind. City High Points2
Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence3
Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge4
Highest Peaks Climbed
Stockaid Benchmark11029USA-WY
Peak 1098210982USA-WY
Sandia Crest10678USA-NM
Mount Washburn10243USA-WY
Signal Mountain7720USA-WY
Mount Mitchell6684USA-NC
Mount Craig6647USA-NC
Clingmans Dome6643USA-TN/NC
Cattail Peak6600USA-NC
Balsam Cone6600USA-NC
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
Mount Washington6148USA-NH
Mount Mitchell6089USA-NC
Clingmans Dome4503USA-TN/NC
Sandia Crest4098USA-NM
Roan High Knob3485USA-NC/TN
Huckleberry Knob3400USA-NC
Richland Balsam3010USA-NC
Apple Orchard Mountain2825USA-VA
Standing Indian2819USA-NC
Spruce Knob2781USA-WV


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