Snapshot Grid for World/NA - Most Prominent Peak

Brandon Nichalson's Ascents by Year/Place

Links for other Grid Types:Use Meters Color Ranges
  Highest Point Reached    Highest Peak Climbed    Most Isolated Peak Climbed    Most Vertical Gain Hiked    Highest Climber-Defined Quality    Top Ascents in all Categories  
Links for other Regional Divisions:
  Western USA - States    Eastern USA - States    Europe - Countries    Europe/World Hybrid    


YearWest USAEast USAEuropeAfrica
0Δ Peak 13433   
1988Δ Keystone Mountain-N Pk   
1990Δ Keystone Outpost Peak 11661   
1991Δ Grays   
1992Δ Torreys   
1993Δ Elbert   
1994Δ Massive Δ Schilthorn 
1995Δ Grays   
1996Δ Uncompahgre   
1997Δ Blanca   
1998Δ Lincoln Δ Aiguille du Midi 
1999Δ Grays   
2000Δ of the Holy Cross  Δ Kilimanjaro
2001Δ Shasta   
2002Δ Crestone   
2003Δ Pikes   
2004Δ Shasta   
2005Δ ShastaΔ Castle Clinton HP  
2006Δ Shasta   
2007Δ Whitney   
2008Δ San Bruno   
2009Δ Vollmer   
2010Δ Evans   
2011Δ Rainier   
2012Δ Rose   
2013Δ WheelerΔ Magazine  
2014Δ Granite   
2015Δ Hole in the Mountain   
2016Δ Graham   
2017Δ CharlestonΔ Washington  
2018Δ San JacintoΔ Spruce Knob  
2019Δ Pikes Δ Carrauntoohil 
2020Δ Flat Top   
2021Δ Peale   
YearWest USAEast USAEuropeAfrica


Legend for Color Coding

10,000 feet or more
5,000 to 9,999 feet
3,000 to 4,499 feet
2,000 to 2,999 feet
1,000 to 1,999 feet
Below 1,000 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.

Notes on Regions:

  • The dividing line between the West USA and East USA is the 100 degree west meridian.
  • "Canada" includes Greenland and St. Pierre and Miquelon.
  • "Mex-CA-Cbn" includes Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands.
  • "ME-Ind-CAs" includes the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Greater Himalaya, and Central Asia.
  • "Asia E + SE" includes East Asia, Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, and Siberia.

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