Help and Information about Pick-and-Choose Lists

A Pick-and-Choose List shows a collection of peaks selected by a registered user. Any peaks in the main database can be added to a pick-and-choose list.

To create a new list and then add peaks to it, follow these instructions:

  • Create an account at if you don't have one already, and log in to the site.
  • Go to the List Edit page and enter the name of the list, and, optionally, a description, extra columns, and other attributes.
  • Click on the "Create/Update List" button. Your list will be created, but will not have any peaks on it yet.
  • Navigate to the Peak page for the first peak you want to add. There are many ways to get to a peak page on the site--whenever there is a peak name, it is hyperlinked to its page. You can also search for a peak using the search page, or browse lists of peaks and click on the peak names there.
  • If you are logged in, and access a peak page, you will see an "Add" button near the top of the page that will allow you to add that peak to your list.
  • There is no way at present to add more than one peak at a time. You must individually visit a peak page and click on the "Add" button for every peak you want to add.
  • If you navigate to the page of a peak already on one of your personal lists, you will not be allowed to add it again. But you can remove that peak from your list if you want, using the "Remove" button.
  • There is a maximum of 200 peaks allowed per personal list. If you are at the limit, the page header will let you know, and you will not be able to add more peaks to your personal lists.
  • You cannot add user-entered (provisional) peaks to a personal list. If you have added a peak to the database and would like to add it to one of your personal lists, email the webmaster to get your provisional peak promoted to the full database in an expedited fashion.
  • To view your personal list, click on the "Personal Lists" link just below the page header to see a table showing all your lists.

Note that your current Active List will stay active as part of your session, allowing you to add/remove peaks from that list without having to do anything. The active list is stored in a cookie, too, so you can update that list the next time you log on. To set another "pick-and-choose" list as your active list, go to the "Personal Lists" page (linked on the far right, below the page header) and there is a box allowing you to change your active list on the top of the page.

Wish List - General Guidelines

The Wish List is a special Pick-and-Choose List that is marked as the climber's single Wish List. It has special behavior that other lists don't have.

The Wish List for a climber shows the peaks that are high-priority ascents for the relatively immediate future. This list is not meant for far-off dreams--it is for fairly definite plans for peaks where you have the skills and experience to make the ascent safely. However, a climber is free to add whatever peaks are desired, and different climbers have different definitions of "fairly definite plans". So there is nothing stopping a novice hiker from adding K2 to his wish list.

Like any other pick-and-choose list, a climber can add a maximum of 200 peaks to his or her wish list. However, you cannot add a peak to your wish list that you have already climbed. And, when you add an ascent of a peak on your wish list using the ascent logging system, it will automatically be deleted from your wish list, with no additional action required by you.

For lists with automatically generated maps (such as county highpoint maps), peaks on your Wish List are shaded purple.

Life List

During the time period from March 2010 to October 2014, allowed users to create a "Life List". This feature has been discontinued, since a "Life List" is really just an instance of a "Pick-and-Choose" list. All the old Life Lists created on the site are still present and can still be updated in much the same way as they were in the past. New users can create a "Life List" as one of their pick-and-choose lists if they so desire. But all special handling of a "Life List" is no longer supported.

The old description of the Life List is provided here for reference:

A climber's Life List is a collection of peaks that summarize a lifetime of mountain experiences, in the past, present, and future. It shows the peaks a climber is most proud of climbing, the significant peaks with trips planned, and ultimate goals for the distant future. Your life list can also be thought of as a "peaks I want to climb before I die" list, or a "bucket list".

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