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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence - Multiple Ascents Grid

Showing all of Mike Stinson's ascent dates (max 10 rounds) (Overall: 18 out of 50, or 36%)

RankPeak Elev-M  Prom-M TotalRound 1
Round 2
Round 3
6.Apple Orchard Mountain12888612 2005-04-16  2015-01-19  
24.Bald Knob13296222 Unknown  2019-05-03  
 Bald Knob1292475    
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain1436649    
10.Big Bald1681779    
36.Big Bald Mountain1242535    
11.Big Frog Mountain1280756    
28.Big House Mountain11115871 2017-07-15   
29.Black Mountain12625791 1992-06-13   
50.Bluff Mountain1554494    
21.Brasstown Bald14586431 2000-06-05   
39.Camp Creek Bald1476529    
15.Cheoah Bald1543718    
38.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak950530    
2.Clingmans Dome202513733 1974  2012-07-13  2016-07-22 
35.Cove Mountain1243536    
48.Cowee Bald1507507    
9.Crabtree Bald1622817    
22.Cross Mountain1077638    
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West1329475    
14.Elliott Knob13607391 1998-06-03   
16.English Mountain1106699    
13.Grandfather Mountain1812739    
33.Hall Top1100539    
19.Hawksbill12346552 1986-10  2020-09-11  
 Heard Mountain725482    
23.High Knob12876231 2002-07-11   
 High Peak1292475    
 Holston High Point1305488    
4.Huckleberry Knob16951036    
34.Icy Knob914536    
30.Lairds Knob1000574    
 Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark1042488    
40.Little Pisgah Mountain1345528    
44.Morris Knob1353512    
 Mount Guyot2018482    
 Mount Jefferson1414475    
1.Mount Mitchell203718562 2012-07-14  2017-09-23  
12.Mount Rogers17467461 1980-06-13   
31.No Business Mountain841555    
32.Oswald Dome914549    
47.Phoenix Mountain1436509    
 Pig Pen Bluff1341488    
25.Reddish Knob13406091 2012-03-07   
5.Richland Balsam19549171 2016-07-21 b   
3.Roan High Knob191610621 2012-05-20   
17.Rocky Mountain12416932 Unknown  2015-02-08  
49.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob1148501    
 Signal Pole Hill1054493    
18.Snake Mountain1695683    
8.Spruce Knob14828481 Unknown   
7.Standing Indian1676859    
46.Sugar Run Mountain1246511    
37.Sugarloaf Mountain1105532    
41.Sugarloaf Mountain1209526    
43.Thorny Flat1478515    
26.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak8945971 Unknown   
42.Tusquitee Bald1597524    
27.Waterrock Knob19185933 2012-08-02  2016-07-23 b  2016-07-23 i 
44.Wine Spring Bald1658512    

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Mike Stinson, up to 10 ascents per peak.
  • While many peakbaggers do not like to repeat ascents, some will try to do multiple "laps" or "rounds" of a favorite list, often one close to home.
  • The header for each ascent column shows, in parentheses, the total number of peaks climbed in each "round", and clicking the header link will sort your ascents for that round.
  • Due to space limitations, this listing has just the basic peak info, so up to ten date columns can be shown. Please use the main peak list (linked above) for more basic info and functionality.
  • Some climbers will log two ascents of the same peak on the same day--for example, when doing an out-and-back ridge run with other ascents sandwiched between two of the same peak. Some might not consider these to be two separate ascents for the purposes of doing multiple rounds. Clicking on the "Count a peak only once per day" link in the header will collapse multiple ascents of a peak on a single day into just one ascent for this grid list.

List Description

List Info

Even though the Southern Appalachians are higher than the Northern Appalachians, they can only muster 24 peaks with over 2000 feet of prominence, compared to 54 north of the Potomac. Lack of glaciation has left the southern peaks more rounded and gentle, and thus the ruggedness needed for lots of high prominence peaks is lacking. Still, this is a nice list, an excellent alternative to the list of tightly clustered 6000-foot peaks of the South. North Carolina still (entirely or partially) claims 21 of the ranked 50 peaks, but that means that over half are in the other mountainous Southern states of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky

Due to a lack of accurate survey elevations for many peaks and saddles in the region, the lower reaches of this list are made up of several summits with overlapping prominence ranges. The value listed here is the clean prominence, so the list cuts off at 1620 feet of clean prom, just below Bluff Mountain. But the unranked peaks below could very well be on the "Fifty Finest" list--for example, Bald Knob could have as much as 1640 feet of prominence, more that Bluff's clean value. To claim a list completion, a climber should probably do the unranked peaks to increase the chance that the actual top 50 were climbed.

Finally, this list shows Rocky Mountain, VA with 2272 feet of prominence, but there are several nearby peaks (Pleasant, Maintop, Bald) with 4040-to-4079 foot contours that could perhaps "steal" the prominence from Rocky. So it is probalby wise to visit those contenders, too.


  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 2000 by Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and Ron Tagliapietra.
  • List generation helped by Edward Earl's WinProm program.
  • Posts made to the Yahoo Prominence Group online forum.
  • Prominence values in this list may not agree 100% with sources, due to different interpretations of key col spot elevations and out-dated peak elevations in the PBC Database.


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