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About This Site:
Peakbagger.com is a free web site that is both a
hobby and a place for me to post some of the mountain-related information I
have collected over the past 30 years.
History and Sources
The database at the core of this web site began with handwritten and typewritten
lists of mountain peaks I made as a child. By 1987 the first of these, a
list of high summits in the Northeastern U.S., had made it onto a computer as
an elaborately formatted text file. Over the years I added more and more
to this list, which by 1994 was in a spreadsheet format and had over 1000
mountains all over the world. I added peaks by hand, or from large
public-domain databases like the GNIS and BGN gazetters. Eventually
the list was moved into a real database system, and supporting information
about ranges, lists, prominence, and isolation was fleshed out into
full-fledged sub-systems. I have verified and modified data by checking
what I have against a wide variety of sources, including standard reference
works as well as internet newsgroups and web sites.
Peakbagger.com was launched in 1997 with a very limited amount of content, and
mainly served to host various trip reports of some of my climbs. The new
and re-designed site, launched in April, 2004, preserved the old content, added
lots more, and hooked up with the master database to provide a huge array of
dynamic web pages for peaks, ranges, and lists of peaks.
Currently, the core of the site is a database table of thousands of mountain
peaks, with over 100 information fields that could be filled in for each
one. Of course, only a small percentage of the millions of possible data cells
have real data in them, but every peak in the database has at least
a name, elevation, country, continent, mountain range, latitude, and
longitude. I won't add a peak to the data without at least these fields.
The database also contains a table of over 2,000 mountain ranges, arranged into
a consistent hierarchy called the "PEMRACS", plus
many other pieces of information that support the core peak and range
tables. The list of peaks on this site are dynamically generated by
queries against the database.
See the Site Statistics page for a current count of content items currently in the database.
Bugs, Errors, and Problems
There are certainly many thousands of errors in the master database and the
accompanying text that together make up the content of this site. The
previous verison had about 1% of the content of this new site and I still
received a fair amount of e-mail reporting errors. I am aware of how
"dirty" much of the data and content is, but I feel it has reached the point
where the usefulness of what is good outweighs the deficiencies. I fully
acknowledge any errors you may find, and feel free to e-mail me and I should be
able to correct them.
As of 2005, this site has allowed anyone to sign up for an account where a climber can track their
climbs and progress towards completing peakbagging lists. See the
Login page for more information. Once you are signed up and have entered your ascents, the site
will automatically create a set of web pages with reports, summaries, charts, and maps that chronicle your hiking and climbing activity. These
pages are all accessed from your personal home page that is set up for you when you register.