Snapshot Grid for Western USA - Highest Point Reached

Ralph Thornton'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  
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  Eastern USA - States    North America/World Hybrid    Europe - Countries    Europe/World Hybrid    


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


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 "ND->TX" column includes 6 states: ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, and TX.

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