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David Roberts

May 29, 1943 - Denver, CO / August 20, 2021 - Boston, MA

David Roberts was both a pioneering climber and a well-known author of many acclaimed books.

As a climber, he will always be linked to his exploits in Alaska on steep, unclimbed terrain between 1963 and 1974. His list of impressive Alaska first ascents is arguably second to none. For a decade, he would carefully scour maps, photographs, and accounts for virgin big walls and ridges in places like the Alaska Range and Brooks Range, and then organize a major expedition to explore and climb in his chosen area.

Many of Roberts's books have been about mountaineering, but he has explored other subjects in other works. The climb list on this site was compiled from his autobiography, On the Ridge between Life and Death (Simon and Schuster, 2006).


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List# Done% Done
Quadrant High Points125
Seven Summits - Continental Landmass High Points114.3
The Seven Summits114.3
Octant High Points112.5 Colorado Fourteeners712.1
Fred Beckey's Great Peaks of the Continent411.4
Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks611.3
Colorado Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation210.5
Alaska Peaks with 100 Miles of Isolation29.5
Customary Western USA Fourteeners79.5
Highest Peaks Climbed
PeakElev-ftLocationAscent Date
Denali20310USA-AK1963-07 b
Denali-North Peak19470USA-AK1963-07 a
Mount Elbert14433USA-CO1960-07 a
Longs Peak14255USA-CO1960-05
Crestone Needle14197USA-CO1963-01 a
Maroon Peak14156USA-CO1960-08 b
Mount Sneffels14150USA-CO1971-01
Humboldt Peak14064USA-CO1963-01 b
North Maroon Peak14014USA-CO1960-08 a
Vestal Peak13864USA-CO1963-12-28 a
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
PeakProm-ftLocationAscent Date
Denali20146USA-AK1963-07 b
Mount Elbert9073USA-CO1960-07 a
Mount Igikpak6076USA-AK1968-08-09
Mount Temple4987Canada-AB1969-07-10
Caliban3381USA-AK1969-08 b
Mount Sneffels3030USA-CO1971-01
Mount Powell2960USA-CO1961-09
Longs Peak2940USA-CO1960-05
Mount Huntington2890USA-AK1965-07-29
Mount Dickey2474USA-AK1974-07-11
Overall Statistics and Ranks  (Updated every 24 hours)
P-Index: 37  (Rank #5146/19782)Link to Peak List sorted by prominence
I-Index: 10  (Rank #4521/19406)Link to Peak List sorted by isolation
E-Index: 33  (Rank #4497/19130)Link to Peak List sorted by elevation
Ascents: 45  (Rank #5543/23071)Count of all logged ascents
Peaks/Points: 38  (Rank #5753/22983)Count of distinct peaks/points climbed
Peaks on Lists: 24  (Rank #6308/21856)Count of distinct peaks that are on lists
P100m Peaks: 33  (Rank #4496/22060)Count of peaks with 100m of promienence
      (See Prominence Summary Page for more prominence breakdowns)
Distance:  mi  (Rank #4479/23071)Sum of all distance hiked
Days with Ascents: 8  (Rank #7873/21224)Days with a new 100m prominence peak


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