Peakbagging Page for Tom Layton

Personal Climb Logs

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Personal Lists

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Time-Period Summary Reports

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US County High Point Links

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

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My name is on NC's 7th highest peak! (2013-06-01). Photo by Tom Layton.
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"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, 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


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Complete
South Carolina County High Points46100
Virginia 4500-foot Peaks13100
North Carolina County High Points9999
Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet3481
Southeast/Ozark USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence1976
Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs3672
Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge1770.8
South Beyond 60002767.5
Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence3264
Southern Appalachian 6000-foot Peaks2262.9
Highest Priority Lists
North Carolina County High Points1
Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet2
South Beyond 60003
Southeast/Ozark USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence4
Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge5
NC Mile-High Peaks6
U.S. State High Points7
Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs8
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Stockaid Benchmark11029USA-WY2012-10-01 b
Peak 1098210982USA-WY2012-10-01 a
Sandia Crest10678USA-NM1998-05-31
Mount Washburn10243USA-WY2011-08-18
Signal Mountain7720USA-WY2011-08-19
Mount Mitchell6684USA-NC1979
Mount Craig6647USA-NC2008
Clingmans Dome6643USA-TN/NC1970
Cattail Peak6600USA-NC2013-06-01 d
Balsam Cone6600USA-NC2013-06-01 c
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Mount Washington6148USA-NH2011-05-23
Mount Mitchell6089USA-NC1979
Clingmans Dome4503USA-TN/NC1970
Sandia Crest4098USA-NM1998-05-31
Roan High Knob3485USA-NC/TN2010-06-27
Huckleberry Knob3400USA-NC2015-07-11 a
Richland Balsam3010USA-NC1998
Apple Orchard Mountain2825USA-VA2011-08-13 a
Standing Indian2819USA-NC1966
Spruce Knob2781USA-WV2011-08-12 d
P-Index: 171    Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 35    Link to Peak List sorted by isolation


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