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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-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
Round 2
Round 3
6.Apple Orchard Mountain422528252 2005-04-16  2015-01-19  
24.Bald Knob436120412 Unknown  2019-05-03  
 Bald Knob42401560    
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain47102130    
10.Big Bald55162556    
36.Big Bald Mountain40751755    
11.Big Frog Mountain42002480    
28.Big House Mountain364519251 2017-07-15   
29.Black Mountain413918991 1992-06-13   
50.Bluff Mountain51001620    
21.Brasstown Bald478421081 2000-06-05   
39.Camp Creek Bald48441737    
15.Cheoah Bald50622357    
38.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak31181738    
2.Clingmans Dome664345033 1974  2012-07-13  2016-07-22 
35.Cove Mountain40771757    
48.Cowee Bald49441664    
9.Crabtree Bald53202680    
22.Cross Mountain35342094    
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West43601560    
14.Elliott Knob446324231 1998-06-03   
16.English Mountain36292292    
13.Grandfather Mountain59462426    
33.Hall Top36101770    
19.Hawksbill405021482 1986-10  2020-09-11  
 Heard Mountain23801580    
23.High Knob422320431 2002-07-11   
 High Peak42401560    
 Holston High Point42801600    
4.Huckleberry Knob55603400    
34.Icy Knob30001760    
30.Lairds Knob32821882    
 Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark34201600    
40.Little Pisgah Mountain44121732    
44.Morris Knob44401680    
 Mount Guyot66211581    
 Mount Jefferson46401560    
1.Mount Mitchell668460892 2012-07-14  2017-09-23  
12.Mount Rogers572924491 1980-06-13   
31.No Business Mountain27601820    
32.Oswald Dome30001800    
47.Phoenix Mountain47101670    
 Pig Pen Bluff44011601    
25.Reddish Knob439719971 2012-03-07   
5.Richland Balsam641030101 2016-07-21   
3.Roan High Knob628534851 2012-05-20   
17.Rocky Mountain407222722 Unknown  2015-02-08  
49.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob37651645    
 Signal Pole Hill34591619    
18.Snake Mountain55602240    
8.Spruce Knob486127811 Unknown   
7.Standing Indian54992819    
46.Sugar Run Mountain40871677    
37.Sugarloaf Mountain36261746    
41.Sugarloaf Mountain39651725    
43.Thorny Flat48481688    
26.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak293219601 Unknown   
42.Tusquitee Bald52401720    
27.Waterrock Knob629219472 2012-08-02  2016-07-23  
44.Wine Spring Bald54401680    

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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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