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Peakbagging Page for Dennis Stewart

Personal Climb Logs

The links below take you to dynamically generated lists of Dennis Stewart's peakbagging activity.

  • Ascent List: List of Dennis Stewart'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 Dennis Stewart 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.
  • 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 Dennis Stewart.

  • Personal Lists: Shows all lists created by Dennis Stewart. Includes Query Lists created using the Query Tool, and "Pick-and-Choose" Lists created by selecting individual peaks.
  • Wish List: A list of unclimbed peaks that are high-priority and/or have immediate climbing plans.

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

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

 

I became interested in climbing during my college years when I joined my parents on a vacation to Rocky Mountain National Park. I had been to the Appalachian Mountains several times, but they were no comparison to the rugged Rockies and I fell in love with them. My interest in climbing grew and I even ran a touring service during the summers for 10 years that gave high school students the chance to experience nontechicial mountain climbing in Colorado. In the late 1980's, I became interested in locating and reaching the highest point in each state. I was the 33rd individual to climb all 48 contiguous state highpoints. The Highpointer's Club organized during this time and I was close to becoming a charter member. With my firsthand knowledge of the lower 48 state high points, I developed a plan to climb all of them again for speed. At midnight on July 1, 1991, I took my first step from the summit of Mount Rainier along with fellow climbers, Pete Allard, Jim Grace, Shaun Lacher and David Sandway, to set a world record for climbing all 48 contiguous state high points in the shortest time. Late in the morning on July 31, 1991, our team reached the summit of Gannett Peak completing our quest and attaining status in Guinness Book of World Records. Our time was 30 days, 10 hours, 52 minutes. Since this time the speed record has been broken significantly, but it has been accomplished using more than one vehicle and resupplying with "fresh" nonclimbing drivers. Our team used the same vehicle the entire month and all drivers were climbing members of the team. We did not pickup any individuals along the way to help with the enormous task of driving 15,000 miles in one month and climbing in 48 different states. The very next year I climbed my first continential high point when I reached the summit of Mount Elbrus with a group from the Kansas City Climbing Club. Within a month of my retirement from a 30 year career as a public education biology teacher in 2000, I summited Mount McKinley and finally Mauna Kea, the highest point in Hawaii, to complete my 50 state high point pursuit. I was the 100th person to climb all 50 state high points. I have many more climbing goals left, but unfortunately, more than I can possibly complete with the life I have left. I have migrated toward county high points, but I do not find searching for a "molehill" within the highest contour line of an unnamed hill to be a pleasant way to spend my remaining time on this planet. Reaching the highest point in counties with a named high point makes much more sense to me and, of course, is far more realistic. I also still plan to continue working on Colorado 14teeners. I have many of them completed and, if my health and finances allow, I might even pick up a few more continental high points. Lastly, but certainly not least, I am in the pursuit of climbing the 10 highest named high points in each state. At well over 60 years old, I know I will not complete this goal before I meet my Maker, but I really enjoy working on this challenging list and I have completed over ten states so far. Maybe I'll meet you on a mountain. I hope so! Dennis Stewart

 

Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List% Complete
U.S. State High Points100
Contiguous 48 U.S. State High Points100
Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Peaks100
United States State/Territory High Points89.3
Most Prominent Peaks of the U.S. States60.8
USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation56.4
Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States56
Peaks with Most Page Views on Site56
Peaks with most Unsuccessful Attempts56
Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet52.4
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocation
Mount McKinley20320USA-AK
Elbrus18510Russia
Bonete16417Argentina
Mount Whitney14495USA-CA
Mount Elbert14433USA-CO
Mount Massive14421USA-CO
Mount Rainier14411USA-WA
Mount Massive-Northwest Peak14320USA-CO
Uncompahgre Peak14309USA-CO
Mount Massive-Green Peak14280USA-CO
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocation
Mount McKinley20156USA-AK
Elbrus15554Russia
Mauna Kea13796USA-HI
Mount Rainier13210USA-WA
Fuji-san12388Japan
Mount Whitney10075USA-CA
Mount Shasta9762USA-CA
Mount Elbert9073USA-CO
Mount Adams8116USA-WA
Mount Hood7706USA-OR

     
    



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