Snapshot Grid for World/NA - Highest Point Reached

John Vitz's Ascents by Year/Place

Links for other Grid Types:Use Meters Color Ranges
  Highest Peak Climbed    Most Prominent Peak Climbed    Most Isolated Peak Climbed    Most Vertical Gain Hiked    Highest Climber-Defined Quality    Top Ascents in all Categories  
Links for other Regional Divisions:
  Western USA - States    Eastern USA - States    Europe - Countries    Europe/World Hybrid    


YearAK-HIWest USAEast USAMex-CA-Cbn
1964 Δ Martinez  
1965 Δ Whitney  
1966 Δ Williamson  
1967 Δ North Palisade  
1968 Δ Langley  
1969 Δ Waucoba Δ del Pinacate
1970 Δ Dubois Δ Picacho del Diablo
1971 Δ Russell Δ Pescadores
1972 Δ Whitney  
1973 Δ Brian Head Δ del Pinacate
1974 Δ Kaweah Δ Risco
1975 Δ LeConte  
1976 Δ Morgan  
1977 Δ McAdie  
1978Δ HaleakalaΔ Morgan  
1979 Δ Julius Caesar  
1980 Δ Dade  
1981 Δ Cloudripper  
1982 Δ White Mountain  
1983 Δ Wallace  
1984 Δ Elbert  
1985 Δ Wheeler  
1986 Δ Tunnabora  
1987 Δ Lamarck  
1988 Δ Lincoln  
1989 Δ El Diente  
1990 Δ Antero  
1991 Δ Wind River  
1992 Δ Maroon  
1993 Δ Capitol  
1994 Δ Challenger Point  
1995 Δ Handies-SSWΔ Mitchell 
1996 Δ Gilbert  
1997Δ Mauna KeaΔ Table  
1998 Δ Barnard  
1999 Δ Marvine  
2000 Δ Gibbs  
2001 Δ Eccentric Benchmark  
2002 Δ Medicine BowΔ Richland Balsam 
2003 Δ West Spanish  
2004 Δ Ouray  
2005 Δ Cache  
2006 Δ Jefferson  
2007 Δ Richthofen  
2008 Δ Venado  
2009 Δ Wyoming  
2010 Δ Markagunt Hills  
2011 Δ Laurel  
2012 Δ Tom  
2013 Δ Silverheels  
2014 Δ FolgerΔ Huckleberry Knob 
2015 Δ Inyo Peak 3341  
YearAK-HIWest USAEast USAMex-CA-Cbn


Legend for Color Coding

20,000 feet or more
14,000 to 19,999 feet
10,000 to 13,999 feet
5,000 to 9,999 feet
2,000 to 4,999 feet
Below 2,000 ft

About the Snapshot Year-Month Grid

General Considerations:

  • "-X" after a peak name means an unsuccessful ascent, for example "Rainier-X".
  • A parenthetical name is a non-summit goal hike, for example, "(Snow Lake Hike)" or "(Rainier)".
  • The Δ triangle symbol is a hyperlink to the detailed Ascent Page for that ascent. The peak name is a link to the Peak Page for that peak.
  • The color of the cell shows how high, prominent, isolated, or high-quality the peak/ascent is, and the color ranges are shown in the legend to the left.
  • If the color is based on altitude, prominence, or vertical gain, you can switch between meters-based ranges or feet-based ranges. These are set up to be generally equivalent.

This grid comes in seven "flavors", each one showing a different "top" peak for a month. The flavors or categories are:

  1. Highest Point Reached. Can be an unsucessful attempt or non-summit goal hike.
  2. Highest Peak Climbed. Sometimes not the same as highest point, if that point was an unsuccessful ascent or a non-summit goal hike.
  3. Most Prominent Peak climbed. Note that many peaks in the database do not yet have a prominence value.
  4. Most Isolated Peak climbed. Isolation values may not be 100% accurate, since most are cacluated to nearest higher peak in the database.
  5. Peak with most vertical gain hiked. Note that many climbers do not enter vertical gain information on their ascents. Also, if several summits are grouped in a "trip", then the total gain for all ascents in that trip is assigned to the trip high point.
  6. Peak with the highest "Quality" value--this is a subjective number from 1-10 given by the climber. Note that many climbers have not given any of their ascents quality numbers.
  7. Finally, "Top Ascents in All Categories", which shows, for each month, the unique peaks from all the 6 other categories. In many cases, one or two peaks will be the leader in the 6 categories, since often the highest peak climbed for a month is also the highest point reached, the most prominent peak, and the one with the most gain. But in some cases several peaks may appear for a month.

Notes on Regions:

  • The dividing line between the West USA and East USA is the 100 degree west meridian.
  • "Canada" includes Greenland and St. Pierre and Miquelon.
  • "Mex-CA-Cbn" includes Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands.
  • "ME-Ind-CAs" includes the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Greater Himalaya, and Central Asia.
  • "Asia E + SE" includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, and Siberia.

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