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Greg Slayden's Life List

Showing Greg Slayden's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (26 out of 100, or 26%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
CountryRange (Level 3)Ascent Date
1.Mount Everest29,02929,029China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
3.Kangchenjunga28,16912,867India/NepalSikkim-Eastern Nepal Himalaya 
4.Lhotse27,9402001China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
5.Makalu27,8387802China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
6.Cho Oyu26,8647690China/NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
7.Dhaulagiri26,79511,014NepalWestern Nepal Himalaya 
8.Manaslu26,78110,144NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
9.Nanga Parbat26,65715,118PakistanPunjab Himalaya 
10.Annapurna26,5459790NepalCentral Nepal Himalaya 
11.Gasherbrum I26,5097070China/PakistanKarakoram 
12.Broad Peak26,4145581China/PakistanKarakoram 
13.Gasherbrum II26,3625000China/PakistanKarakoram 
14.Shishapangma26,3359505ChinaCentral Nepal Himalaya 
15.Nanda Devi25,64310,299IndiaGarwhal Himalaya 
16.Tirich Mir25,28912,828PakistanHindu Kush 
17.Gongga Shan24,79011,949ChinaWest Sichuan Ranges 
18.Pik Ismail Samani24,59011,161TajikistanPamir 
19.Pik Pobeda24,40613,602Kyrgyzstan/ChinaCentral Tien Shan 
20.Liushi Shan23,5146385ChinaKunlun 
21.Aconcagua22,84122,841ArgentinaCentral Argentina-Chile Andes2011-01-20
22.Ojos del Salado22,61512,100Argentina/ChilePuna de Atacama2011-01-08
23.Nevado Huascarán22,2059180PeruPeruvian Andes 
24.Cerro Tupungato21,5399055Argentina/ChileCentral Argentina-Chile Andes 
25.Nevado de Illimani21,1228041BoliviaBolivian Andes 
26.Volcán Chimborazo20,56113,524EcuadorEcuador Andes 
27.Denali20,31020,179United StatesAlaska Range1997-05-27
28.Mount Logan19,54117,215CanadaSaint Elias Mountains 
29.Kilimanjaro19,34119,308TanzaniaNortheast Tanzania2016-01-02
30.Hkakabo Razi19,2952966Myanmar/ChinaParallel Gorges Area 
31.Pico Cristóbal Colón18,79918,173ColombiaNorth Colombia Coast 
32.Elbrus18,51015,554RussiaCentral Caucasus 
33.Pico de Orizaba18,49116,148MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica2012-01-11
35.Mount Saint Elias18,00811,315Canada/United StatesSaint Elias Mountains 
36.Volcán Popocatépetl17,78210,039MexicoCordillera Neovolcanica 
37.Nevado del Huila17,6848694ColombiaColombian Andes 
38.Mount Foraker17,4007300United StatesAlaska Range 
39.Mount Kenya17,05712,549KenyaEast Central Kenya2016-01-07 b
40.Mount Ararat16,85411,847TurkeySoutheast Anatolia 
41.Mount Stanley16,76212,963Congo DRC/UgandaEast Rift Valley Ranges 
42.Pico Bolívar16,34212,982VenezuelaCordillera de Merida 
43.Vinson Massif16,05016,050AntarcticaEllsworth Mountains 
44.Carstensz Pyramid16,02416,024IndonesiaMaoke Range 
45.Mont Blanc15,78115,410France/ItalyWestern Alps1993-08-17
46.Mount Fairweather15,32513,028Canada/United StatesSaint Elias Mountains 
47.Monte Rosa15,2037103SwitzerlandSouthern Alps1993-08-14 a
48.Zard Kuh14,9218015IranNorth Central Zagros 
49.Mount Kirkpatrick14,8568533AntarcticaQueen Alexandra Range 
50.Matterhorn14,6923399Italy/SwitzerlandSouthern Alps 
51.Mount Whitney14,49810,088United StatesSierra Nevada1989-06-13 a
52.Mount Elbert14,4339113United StatesSouthern Rocky Mountains1989-04-25 b
53.Mount Rainier14,41113,210United StatesCascade Range1994-07-20 b
54.Finsteraarhorn14,0227480SwitzerlandNorthern Alps 
55.Volcán Tajumulco13,84513,123GuatemalaGuatemala Ranges2017-01-23 a
56.Mauna Kea13,79613,796United StatesHawaii1993-12-04
57.Jebel Toubkal13,67112,320MoroccoHigh Atlas 
58.Jungfrau13,6422254SwitzerlandNorthern Alps 
60.Mount Waddington13,18610,823CanadaCoast Mountains 
61.Eiger13,0251168SwitzerlandNorthern Alps 
62.Mount Robson12,9899314CanadaCanadian Rockies 
64.Gunung Kerinci12,48412,484IndonesiaSumatra 
65.Großglockner12,4617966AustriaEastern Alps1993-08-05 b
66.Mount Erebus12,43412,434AntarcticaPrince Albert-McMurdo 
67.Fuji-san12,38812,388JapanHonshu1996-07-02 a
68.Mount Cook12,21812,218New ZealandSouthern Alps 
69.Pico de Teide12,19812,198SpainNorth Atlantic Islands 
70.Gunnbjørn Fjeld12,11812,118GreenlandGreenland 
71.Gunung Semeru12,06012,060IndonesiaJava 
72.Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb12,02810,912YemenYemen Highlands 
73.Thabana Ntlenyana11,4247841LesothoDrakensberg 
74.Mulhacén11,41410,791SpainAndalucian Ranges1985-07-23 a
75.Emi Koussi11,3029626ChadTibesti 
76.Pico de Aneto11,1689226SpainPyrenees1985-07-25
77.Fan Si Pan10,3085289VietnamRed-Mekong Area 
78.Pico Duarte10,16410,164Dominican RepublicHispaniola 
79.Mount Apo96929692PhilippinesMindanao 
80.Keele Peak96857119CanadaMackenzie Mountains 
81.Olympus95707720GreeceGreek-Albanian Ranges 
82.Tahat95417638AlgeriaCentral Sahara Desert 
83.Pico da Bandeira95058684BrazilEast-Central Brazilian Highlands 
84.Monte Roraima92197671VenezuelaLa Gran Sabana 
85.Paektu-san90038507North Korea/ChinaHamgyong Sanmaek 
86.Mount Isto89767926United StatesBrooks Range 
87.Gerlachovský štít87077723SlovakiaCarpathian Mountains 
88.Gebel Katherîna86257871EgyptSinai-Palestine Ranges 
89.Barbeau Peak85838583CanadaQueen Elizabeth Islands1998-06-15 b
90.Moldoveanu83466739RomaniaSouthern Carpathians 
91.Pidurutalagala82818281Sri LankaSri Lanka 
92.Galdhøpiggen81007782NorwayScandinavian Mountains1993-07-17
93.Blue Mountain Peak74027402JamaicaJamaica 
94.Mount Kosciuszko73107310AustraliaSouth N.S.W. Great Dividing Range1993-10-17 a
95.Mount Odin70317031CanadaBaffin Island 
96.Mount Mitchell66846094United StatesBlue Ridge Mountains1984-08-18 b
97.Mount Washington62886168United StatesNorthern U.S. Appalachians1975-08-05 a
98.Gora Narodnaya62175814RussiaPrepolar Urals 
99.Puy de Sancy61845177FranceMassif Central1985-06-27 c
100.Ben Nevis44094409United KingdomGreat Britain1993-06-29

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List Description

On April 23, 1985, I was in a boring college Sociology class lecture in the flatlands of Philadelphia. Daydreaming about being in the mountains, I started thinking about all the peaks I wanted to climb. At this point in my life, 99% of my mountain experience had been in the eastern USA, mainly hiking 4000-foot peaks in New Hampshire and driving to state high points in the Appalachians. But I was scheduled to spend the next summer in Europe, so my horizons were expanding and it seemed like a fun diversion to plot my future climbing career with an aspirational list of 100 worldwide peaks.

The list is full of misspellings, and in many cases I did not know the name of the highest peak in a range, nation, or island, so used a parenthetical place name as a placeholder. I can also see that I was pretty obsessed with 8000 meter peaks and other Central Asian giants at the time, so the list is over-represented with these. But considering I was unaware of the ideas of prominence and isolation, it does a fair job of grabbing significant peaks worldwide based on these metrics.

And, after using my limited knowledge to choose these 100 peaks, I scribbled a pledge in the margin: "Before I die, I will have been to the top of half of the mountains listed here".

I saved this paper (see below) and even though the passage of 30 years has changed my goals quite a bit, it remains a personal tick-list that has a certain historic concreteness to it. I fear that the 8000m peaks are out of reach to me at this point, sadly, but I have made some progress. When I made the list I had been to two peaks (Washington and Mitchell) and had hopes for five more the next summer (I got two). As of 2017 I have 26 (and 4 unsuccessful attempts), just over halfway to my goal of 50. And a quick check of the front runner's list shows that no one has more than 44. I guess I will have to get busy once I retire!


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