Snapshot Year/Month Grid-Highest Point Reached

Ralph Thornton'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  


1978       Δ Bearhat    
1979       Δ Stimson    
1980       Δ Merritt    
1981       Δ HenryΔ Custer   
1982      Δ SplitΔ Going-to-the-Sun    
1983      Δ LoganΔ Apikuni    
1984       Δ Kintla    
1985      Δ Peak 9430 WestΔ Peak 9430 West    
1986       Δ Cleveland    
1987       Δ Ipasha    
1988       Δ Flinsch    
1990      Δ SacagaweaΔ Whitetail    
1991       Δ Peabody    
1992      Δ Siyeh     
1993      Δ Kipp     
1994      Δ Norris     
1995      Δ DivideΔ Vulture    
1996       Δ Vulture Peak-S Pk    
1997      Δ Long KnifeΔ Peak 9430 West    
1998      Δ SiyehΔ Allen    
1999      Δ Going-to-the-SunΔ Geduhn Δ Choteau  
2000    Δ Divide       
2001    Δ Old BaldyΔ GrizzlyΔ RockyΔ GunsightΔ Ear   
2002Δ Flattop  Δ Elk CalfΔ ChoteauΔ GoatΔ GouldΔ KintlaΔ StimsonΔ Little DogΔ WindΔ Cave
2003Δ Choteau Δ Peak 7027Δ Peak 8280Δ EarΔ Peak 8602Δ StimsonΔ JacksonΔ ClevelandΔ Old BaldyΔ Elk 
2004 Δ WindΔ Peak 8295Δ Peak 8333Δ DrewyerΔ East FlattopΔ KintlaΔ StimsonΔ MorganΔ White Calf  
2005 Δ Sawtooth Ridge-North Summit Δ WindΔ Werner WestΔ JamesΔ StimsonΔ PhillipsΔ ClevelandΔ PoiaΔ WindΔ Hurricane Ridge Peak 7115
2006  Δ Elk CalfΔ AppistokiΔ Peak 8280Δ FlinschΔ MerrittΔ Kaiser PointΔ DespairΔ BearΔ Blacktail HillsΔ Flattop
2007  Δ ElkΔ Belton HillsΔ Peak 8462Δ ChapmanΔ LoganΔ SplitΔ South IcebergΔ WrightΔ HuckleberryΔ Flattop
2008  Δ FlattopΔ ElkΔ SpotΔ RockyΔ JacksonΔ CathedralΔ Prairie ReefΔ Wright Δ Wind
2009  Δ FlattopΔ ChoteauΔ Prairie ReefΔ OberlinΔ ReynoldsΔ Saint NicholasΔ Ipasha Δ Wind 
2010  Δ WindΔ ElkΔ CaveΔ GoatΔ ChiefΔ RainbowΔ Wright   
2011   Δ WindΔ West ButteΔ Volcano Reef-South SummitΔ OberlinΔ CathedralΔ Edwards   
2012   Δ WindΔ ChoteauΔ ScapegoatΔ ReynoldsΔ Piegan    
2013    Δ ChoteauΔ SlategoatΔ CrowfeetΔ Logan    
2014     Δ TetonΔ Lookout Δ Scarlet   
2015   Δ Wind Δ WrightΔ Iceberg Δ Hoadley Reef   
2016     Δ Twin PeaksΔ ReynoldsΔ GableΔ Hahn   
2017   Δ Wind  Δ ReynoldsΔ IcebergΔ McClintock   
2018     Δ Washboard Reef HPΔ Junction Δ Lick   
2019   Δ Haleakala Δ Old BaldyΔ James     


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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