Snapshot Grid for World/NA - Highest Point Reached

jeff branin's Ascents by Year/Place

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  Highest Peak Climbed    Most Prominent Peak Climbed    Most Isolated Peak Climbed    Most Vertical Gain Hiked    Highest Climber-Defined Quality    Top Ascents in all Categories  
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  Western USA - States    Eastern USA - States    Europe - Countries    Europe/World Hybrid    


YearCanadaWest USAEast USA
1964  Δ Cadillac
1973  Δ High Point
1974  Δ Clingmans Dome
1975  Δ Hawksbill
1976 Δ FlattopΔ Clingmans Dome
1977  Δ Neighbor
1980 Δ Wawona Point 
1981 Δ Inspiration Point 
1982 Δ Elk Mountain WestΔ Slide
1983  Δ Chestnut Hill
1985 Δ Strawberry Point 
1986  Δ Cloudland
1987  Δ Cape Henlopen Great Dune
1988  Δ Hawksbill
1989 Δ Point Imperial 
1990 Δ Panoramic HillΔ Connecticut Hill
1991  Δ Berlin
1992 Δ San Rafael KnobΔ Jane Bald
1993 Δ CharlestonΔ Rough Ridge-Ship Rock
1994 Δ Santa Fe BaldyΔ Spruce Knob
1995Δ Beacon HillΔ WheelerΔ Old Rag
1996  Δ Flat Rock Ridge
1997 Δ DanaΔ Old Speck
1998 Δ YpsilonΔ Rogers
1999 Δ ElbertΔ Churchs Hill
2000 Δ San Rafael Knob 
2001 Δ San Rafael Knob 
2002 Δ Rainbow PointΔ Wildcat Rock
2003  Δ Stone
2004 Δ MassiveΔ Moores Knob
2005 Δ AnteroΔ Rocky Knob
2006 Δ BlancaΔ Rogers
2007 Δ CastleΔ Stone
2008 Δ UncompahgreΔ Buffalo
2009 Δ CrestoneΔ Clingmans Dome
2010 Δ WindomΔ Luther Rock
2011 Δ Kit CarsonΔ Roan High Bluff
2012 Δ WilsonΔ Mitchell
2013 Δ EvansΔ Hanging Rock
2014 Δ MassiveΔ Beech-X
2015 Δ EvansΔ Whitetop
2016 Δ LilyΔ Linville
2017 Δ Elbert-S PkΔ Sugar
2018 Δ PikesΔ Brasstown Bald
2019 Δ EvansΔ Brasstown Bald
2020 Δ BisonΔ Mitchell
YearCanadaWest USAEast USA


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.

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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