Snapshot Grid for World/EU - Highest Point Reached

Ralph Thornton'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    North America/World Hybrid    Europe - Countries    


YearN America
1974Δ Lincoln
1975Δ Boulder
1976Δ Altyn
1977Δ Cleveland
1978Δ Bearhat
1979Δ Stimson
1980Δ Merritt
1981Δ Custer
1982Δ Going-to-the-Sun
1983Δ Logan
1984Δ Kintla
1985Δ Peak 9430 West
1986Δ Cleveland
1987Δ Ipasha
1988Δ Flinsch
1990Δ Whitetail
1991Δ Peabody
1992Δ Siyeh
1993Δ Kipp
1994Δ Norris
1995Δ Vulture
1996Δ Vulture Peak-S Pk
1997Δ Long Knife
1998Δ Siyeh
1999Δ Going-to-the-Sun
2000Δ Rocky
2001Δ Rising Wolf
2002Δ Stimson
2003Δ Cleveland
2004Δ Stimson
2005Δ Cleveland
2006Δ Merritt
2007Δ Chapman
2008Δ Jackson
2009Δ Ipasha
2010Δ Rainbow
2011Δ Edwards
2012Δ Piegan
2013Δ Logan
2014Δ Teton
2015Δ Iceberg
2016Δ Gable
2017Δ Iceberg
2018Δ Junction
2019Δ Haleakala
YearN 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:

  • "UK/NW Eur" includes The UK, Ireland, and the area north and west of the Pyrennes and Alps.
  • "Iberia" includes all of the Pyrneees.
  • "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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