Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Highest Point Reached

Vic Hanson's Ascents by Year/Month

Links for other Snapshot Grids:Use Metric Color Ranges
  Highest Peak Climbed    Most Prominent Peak Climbed    Most Isolated Peak Climbed    Most Vertical Gain Hiked    Highest Climber-Defined Quality    Top Ascents in all Categories  


1999       Δ Whitney    
2000       Δ Russell    
2001    Δ Santiago  Δ Whitney Δ San GorgonioΔ San Jacinto 
2002Δ Iron  Δ Iron     Δ San Antonio  
2004   Δ Huayna Picchu   Δ El Misti    
2005         Δ Coropuna  
2006  Δ Pikes-X Δ Baden-Powell     Δ Solimana-X 
2007       Δ Solimana-XΔ Solimana-X Δ Pichu PichuΔ Coropuna
2008  Δ Brown   Δ Ampato  Δ El MistiΔ Hualca Hualca 
2009 Δ Pikes-XΔ Wilson Δ Firua-XΔ Firua      
2010       Δ Half DomeΔ Diablo Δ Iron 
2011Δ Pilot KnobΔ Cardigan     Δ Eagle Δ CucamongaΔ Wilson 
2012 Δ Coolidge BenchmarkΔ Quien SabeΔ TowersΔ Baden-PowellΔ TelegraphΔ Junipero SerraΔ GlacierΔ MorganΔ LeConteΔ Baden-PowellΔ Orocopia Mountains HP
2013Δ North Algodones Dunes Wilderness HPΔ SignalΔ Black MesaΔ CharlestonΔ San AntonioΔ White Mountain  Δ SlideΔ Mitchell  
2014 Δ MicaΔ Dripping Springs BenchmarkΔ MarkhamΔ ChimneyΔ UniversityΔ HoodΔ RainierΔ Daniel-XΔ AshlandΔ San Gabriel 
2015 Δ Superstition Benchmark      Δ Timms Hill Δ Clingmans Dome 
2016  Δ GuadalupeΔ BrownsΔ Muir  Δ EddyΔ WashingtonΔ Castle Crags HPΔ IronΔ Mecca Hills Wilderness HP
2017Δ StudΔ Signal    Δ Elbert     
2018  Δ JacksΔ Ironview Δ Langley-XΔ TallacΔ (North Sister)Δ Saint HelensΔ San AntonioΔ San GabrielΔ Blake Hill
2019Δ Elephant BackΔ Bluff SpringΔ BoulderΔ Rattlesnake        
2020  Δ BurroΔ Maverick HillΔ TahquitzΔ San GorgonioΔ CharltonΔ TemescalΔ Blue BenchmarkΔ ReyesΔ CucamongaΔ Murray Hill
2021 Δ SawtoothΔ Ironview Δ OlanchaΔ Wheeler      


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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