Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Top Ascents in All Categories

Ben Kunz's Ascents by Year/Month

Links for other Snapshot Grids:Use Metric Color Ranges
  Highest Point Reached    Highest Peak Climbed    Most Prominent Peak Climbed    Most Isolated Peak Climbed    Most Vertical Gain Hiked    Highest Climber-Defined Quality  


2003  Δ Colchuck
Δ Margaret
2004   Δ Saint HelensΔ BlackΔ Sahale
Δ McClellan Butte
Δ DanielΔ Seven Fingered Jack
Δ Half Dome
 Δ Half Dome  
2005  Δ KaleetanΔ Hidden Lake Lookout
Δ Baring
Δ ToothΔ BakerΔ Luna   Δ Rainier 
2006Δ DennyΔ DickermanΔ Del CampoΔ VesperΔ AdamsΔ PiscoΔ Tocllaraju
Δ Nevados Urus
Δ Eldorado    
2007 Δ Chair
Δ Red
  Δ TomyhoiΔ Snowking Δ Goode Δ Si  
2008  Δ North Twin
Δ Winchester
Δ Silver Star  Δ SherpaΔ Forbidden
Δ Hidden Lake Peaks
 Δ Big Jim  
2009   Δ Forgotten  Δ Grand TetonΔ Alta
Δ Rampart Ridge
2010      Δ ShuksanΔ GraniteΔ El Capitan
Δ Howard
Δ Big Chiwaukum  
2011 Δ Merchant  Δ AngelesΔ Little Tahoma
Δ Stuart
Δ CashmereΔ South Howser Tower
Δ Bugaboo Spire
Δ Cowlitz Chimneys
Δ Tre Cime di Lavaredo
Δ Cutthroat
  Δ Unicorn
2012Δ Gunn  Δ Pedra da Gávea
Δ Pão de Açúcar
 Δ Vallunaraju Δ Whitney    
2013   Δ PioneerΔ WashingtonΔ North GardnerΔ Waddington-NW Pk
Δ Stuart
Δ KyesΔ Summit ChiefΔ Cadet
Δ White Chuck
2014Δ Index    Δ Aiguille du Midi
Δ Thomson
Δ BlancΔ Dorado Needle
Δ Chimney Rock
2015Δ Tom     Δ CannonΔ Assiniboine-X
Δ Sir Donald
 Δ Arrowsmith  
2016   Δ Cond Δ Hinman
Δ Brothers
 Δ ClarkΔ Old Desolate   
2017     Δ MaudeΔ DomeΔ Glacier    
2018      Δ BearΔ Observation RockΔ Lemah
Δ Bears Breast
Δ Sauk  


Legend for Color Coding

20,000 feet or more
14,000 to 19,999 feet
10,000 to 13,999 feet
5,000 to 9,999 feet
2,000 to 4,999 feet
Below 2,000 ft

About the Snapshot Year-Month Grid

General Considerations:

  • "-X" after a peak name means an unsuccessful ascent, for example "Rainier-X".
  • A parenthetical name is a non-summit goal hike, for example, "(Snow Lake Hike)" or "(Rainier)".
  • The Δ triangle symbol is a hyperlink to the detailed Ascent Page for that ascent. The peak name is a link to the Peak Page for that peak.
  • The color of the cell shows how high, prominent, isolated, or high-quality the peak/ascent is, and the color ranges are shown in the legend to the left.
  • If the color is based on altitude, prominence, or vertical gain, you can switch between meters-based ranges or feet-based ranges. These are set up to be generally equivalent.

This grid comes in seven "flavors", each one showing a different "top" peak for a month. The flavors or categories are:

  1. Highest Point Reached. Can be an unsucessful attempt or non-summit goal hike.
  2. Highest Peak Climbed. Sometimes not the same as highest point, if that point was an unsuccessful ascent or a non-summit goal hike.
  3. Most Prominent Peak climbed. Note that many peaks in the database do not yet have a prominence value.
  4. Most Isolated Peak climbed. Isolation values may not be 100% accurate, since most are cacluated to nearest higher peak in the database.
  5. Peak with most vertical gain hiked. Note that many climbers do not enter vertical gain information on their ascents. Also, if several summits are grouped in a "trip", then the total gain for all ascents in that trip is assigned to the trip high point.
  6. Peak with the highest "Quality" value--this is a subjective number from 1-10 given by the climber. Note that many climbers have not given any of their ascents quality numbers.
  7. Finally, "Top Ascents in All Categories", which shows, for each month, the unique peaks from all the 6 other categories. In many cases, one or two peaks will be the leader in the 6 categories, since often the highest peak climbed for a month is also the highest point reached, the most prominent peak, and the one with the most gain. But in some cases several peaks may appear for a month.

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