Snapshot Grid for World/NA - Top Ascents in All Categories

Brian Browning's Ascents by Year/Place

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


0 Δ Alpine Hill 
1983 Δ Stockaid Benchmark 
1985 Δ Beartooth Butte 
1991 Δ Washington 
1992 Δ Clay Butte Lookout
Δ Townsend
1993 Δ Townsend 
1994 Δ Buckhorn
Δ Brothers
1995 Δ Deception 
1998 Δ Little Devils Tower 
1999Δ Barometer  
2000 Δ Zion 
2002 Δ Washington
Δ Pilchuck
2003 Δ Islip 
2004 Δ Sentinel Dome
Δ Viejas
2005Δ Mauna KeaΔ Francs-X
Δ Half Dome
Δ Cuyamaca
Δ Rogers
Δ Spruce Knob
2006 Δ San Gorgonio
Δ San Jacinto
Δ Heart
2007 Δ Whitney
Δ San Gorgonio
Δ Mitchell
2008 Δ San Jacinto 
2009 Δ San Jacinto
Δ Santiago
Δ Lexington
2010Δ HaleakalaΔ Humphreys
Δ Charleston
Δ Flinn
Δ Chiquito
2011 Δ Pine
Δ Cuyamaca
Δ Heart
Δ Silverdome II
2012 Δ Whitney
Δ Gray
2013 Δ San Jacinto
Δ Sawtooth Mountains HP
Δ Campbell Hill
2014 Δ Anderson
Δ San Jacinto
Δ San Antonio
Δ Vallecito Mountains HP
2015 Δ San Jacinto
Δ San Antonio
Δ Waterman
Δ Eagle Benchmark
2016 Δ Toro
Δ Stoddard
2017 Δ Sugarloaf
Δ Cedar
Δ Cowles
Δ Granite
Δ Merriam Mountains HP
Δ Castillo de San Marcos HP
2018 Δ Cole Point
Δ San Bruno
Δ Margarita
Δ Arena Benchmark
2019 Δ Wysup-X
Δ Peak 8350
Δ Loma Prieta
Δ Asbestos
Δ Clingmans Dome
2020 Δ Medicine
Δ Cuyamaca
Δ Black
2021 Δ Evans
Δ Nolina
Δ Huffers Hill


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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