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Unique Peaks and Peak Pairs for Kelsey Backen

Most significant unique peak pairs by key metrics, and all uniquely ascended peaks

Highest Unique Pair of Peaks Climbed

The two highest peaks where only Kelsey Backen has climbed both.

PeakElev-mLocationAscent DateProm-m
Pico de Orizaba5636Mexico-Pue/Ver2013-01-014922
Lost River Mountain3681USA-ID2013-06-12206


Most Prominent Unique Pair of Peaks Climbed

The two most prominent peaks where only Kelsey Backen has climbed both.

PeakProm-mLocationAscent DateElev-m
Pico de Orizaba4922Mexico-Pue/Ver2013-01-015636
Squaw Butte517USA-ID2018-06-271797


Most Isolated Unique Pair of Peaks Climbed

The two most isolated peaks where only Kelsey Backen has climbed both.

PeakIso-kmLocationAscent DateElev-m
Pico de Orizaba2690.14Mexico-Pue/Ver2013-01-015636
Squaw Butte20.68USA-ID2018-06-271797


All Peaks Climbed only by Kelsey Backen

These peaks have their single logged ascent by Kelsey Backen. Of course, it is entirely likely that many non-site users have also climbed these peaks.

PeakElev-mLocationAscent DateProm-m
Walters Butte896USA-ID2017-05-08140
Castle Rock1650USA-ID2018-10-1441



  • The first three peak pairs on this page show the superlative unique pairs for three key metrics: Elevation, Prominence, and Isolation.
  • Most hikers or climbers that log their ascents on have a number of unique peak pairs--a set of two successfully climbed peaks such that no other registed site user has also climbed both.
  • Since virtually no one can claim to have made the only ascent ever of a peak, these peak pairs are a way to calim some uniqueness--being able to say "I am the only one to ever climb both Peak A and Peak B".
  • Many of a hiker's unique peak pairs will be relatively low, minor, or otherwise insingnificant peaks, and therefore climbing both may not be a particularly impressive achievement.
  • So the pairs above represent the most significant of all a climber's unique pairs--the most impressive unique pairs to use as a badge of honor.
  • Mathematically, the pairs listed above maximize the value of the secondary peak in the pair--for example, showing the pair that has the highest elevation for the pair's second-highest peak. Put another way, it shows the two highest-value peaks that only this climber has climbed.
  • The final listing shows the peaks (if any) where the hiker/climber is the only ascender with logged ascents.
  • Of course, all these listings are purely based on the logged climbs in the database, so they should not be taken as completely accurate.

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