Snapshot Grid for World/NA - Highest Point Reached

Paul McClellan's Ascents by Year/Place

Links for other Grid Types:Use Meters 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  
Links for other Regional Divisions:
  Western USA - States    Eastern USA - States    Europe - Countries    Europe/World Hybrid    


YearAK-HICanadaWest USAEast USAMex-CA-CbnS America
1975  Δ Middle Sister   
1976  Δ South Sister   
1977  Δ Adams   
1978  Δ Hood   
1979  Δ Granite   
1980  Δ Rainier   
1981  Δ Hood   
1982  Δ Blanca   
1983  Δ Hood   
1984  Δ Middle Teton   
1985  Δ Wheeler   
1986  Δ Whitney   
1987  Δ Rainier   
1988  Δ Whitney   
1989 Δ Bugaboo SpireΔ Rainier   
1990  Δ North Palisade Δ Orizaba 
1991  Δ Elbert   
1992  Δ Hood  Δ Cotopaxi
1993  Δ Adams   
1994  Δ Hood   
1995  Δ Fernow   
1996Δ Denali Δ Shasta   
1997Δ Haleakala Δ Hood   
1998  Δ Whitney   
1999  Δ Hood   
2000  Δ Hood   
2001  Δ Polemonium   
2002  Δ South Sister   
2003  Δ South Sister   
2004  Δ Hood   
2005  Δ JeffersonΔ Mitchell  
2006  Δ Langley   
2007  Δ Starlight   
2008  Δ Maroon   
2009  Δ Antero   
2010  Δ Whitney   
2011  Δ Massive   
2012  Δ Grays   
2013  Δ Sneffels   
2014Δ Mauna Kea Δ LincolnΔ Eagle  
2015  Δ Peale   
2016  Δ Twin Peaks   
2017  Δ PikesΔ Driskill  
2018  Δ South SisterΔ Clingmans Dome  
2019  Δ South Baldy   
2020  Δ South Sister   
2021  Δ Manzano   
YearAK-HICanadaWest USAEast USAMex-CA-CbnS America


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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