I keep good records of my hikes and especially the peaks I have climbed and some of the resulting stats are given below. Note that a "ranked" peak is one that rises at least "X" feet from the highest saddle (the "key saddle") that connects it to a higher peak. This is sometimes called "prominence", but I think the term is a bit too loaded and I prefer to call it "rise". The 300-foot rise level is often used for a complete census of peaks, but some people favor a tougher standard like 1000 or 2000 feet. For completeness I even track my ascents down to the 100-foot level, although I don't make an effort to work on those very minor peaks. You can see from my stats that I also generally prefer high peaks to "prominent" peaks.
None of my listed accomplishments are particularly impressive, although they are not trivial, either. These stats are complete through March 2009, and I started climbing mountains in July 1994.
Ascents of named peaks or ranked peaks at the 100-foot level: 838
Ascents of ranked peaks at the 300-foot level: 675
Ascents of ranked peaks at the 300-foot level above 12000ft: 129
Ascents of ranked peaks at the 300-foot level above 13000ft: 103
Most ascents of a peak in Arizona: 238; Mount Francis near Prescott
Most ascents of a peak in Colorado: 37; Green Mountain near Boulder
Most ascents of a "high" peak: 12; Medicine Bow Peak, Wyoming (12,013ft)
This table is a compilation of my climbs organized by "rise", but also includes a tally of the number of peaks where I have hiked at or below the altitude of the "key saddle" that defines the "rise" or "prominence" of the peak. One might call this a "prominence ascent" of a mountain. I have also given some statistics on the degree to which I climbed a peak from at or below the level of the key saddle. See my prominence score page for definitions of and rationale for these numbers.
|Category||Peaks||Prom Ascent||Mean Prom Score||Mean Relative Prom Score|
|Named or 100-299ft rise||71||67||176||0.977|
Ranked peaks at the 300-foot level: 110
Top 1000 list of ranked peaks at the 300-foot level ("Millenials"): 103
Ranked peaks at the 300-foot level above 13000ft: 95 (out of 637)
Top 200 list of ranked peaks at the 300-foot level ("Bicentennials"): 63
Top 100 list of ranked peaks at the 300-foot level ("Centennials"): 52
"Official" 14000-foot peaks (the "14ers"; 54 total): 38
Apropos the previous table, I have put together some wizzy completion maps for my 13ers/14ers. (Missing my latest 5 peaks at the moment.)
Ranked peaks at the 300-foot level: 229
Ranked peaks at the 300-foot level above 7000ft: 157
Ranked peaks at the 300-foot level above 8000ft: 54
Ranked peaks at the 300-foot level above 9000ft: 19
(9000ft is very close to the cutoff for a Top 100 list, about 40% of which are on Indian land or have other access restrictions)
Nearly all of the following "mountain" numbers involve summit hikes. In several cases, a "dayhike" is actually multiple summit hikes in a day with short drives between trailheads. The rare multi-day trip has been broken into individual days.
Days hiking in the mountains: 647
Distance hiked in the mountains: 3648 miles/5866 km
Elevation gained in the mountains: 1,113,440 feet
(Total elevation gained anywhere hiking, running, and walking since 1994: 1,483,690 feet)
Number of mountain dayhikes with more than 1000 feet of gain: 569
Number of mountain dayhikes with more than 2000 feet of gain: 182
Number of mountain dayhikes with more than 3000 feet of gain: 82
Number of mountain dayhikes with more than 4000 feet of gain: 37
Number of mountain dayhikes with more than 5000 feet of gain: 18
Number of mountain dayhikes with more than 6000 feet of gain: 3
Number of mountain dayhikes with more than 7000 feet of gain: 1
Most elevation gained in 1 calender month: 24,340 feet (all hiking; Jul 1995)
Most elevation gained in 3 calender months: 65,890 feet (57,530 hiking; Jul-Sep 2007)
Most elevation gained in 6 calender months: 126,940 feet (109,320 hiking; Jun-Nov 2007)
Most elevation gained in 12 calender months: 241,000 feet (200,410 hiking; Jan 2007-Dec 2007)
Most days with 1000 feet of gain in 1 calender month: 15 (Mar 2007)
Most days with 1000 feet of gain in 3 calender months: 41 (Mar-May 2007)
Most days with 1000 feet of gain in 6 calender months: 73 (Mar-Aug 2007)
Most days with 1000 feet of gain in 12 calender months: 143 (Jan 2007-Dec 2007)
Number of mountain dayhikes of 6 miles or more: 218
Number of mountain dayhikes of 8 miles or more: 132
Number of mountain dayhikes of 10 miles or more: 60
Number of mountain dayhikes of 12 miles or more: 38
Number of mountain dayhikes of 15 miles or more: 12
Number of mountain dayhikes of 20 miles or more: 2
I'm not really a "highpointer", but I have reached the highest points of Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Arizona (in that order). I have reached a total of 17 county highpoints in Colorado, 3 in South Dakota, 2 each in Arizona and New Mexico, and 1 each in Wyoming, Minnesota, and Iowa, for a grand total of 27. This is definitely not something I'm actively working on, and is mainly just something that is easy to track.
I have climbed 14 out of the 15 highest peaks (and 19 out of 22) in Colorado at the 300-foot rise level.
I have climbed the 17 highest peaks of the Tenmile-Mosquito Range in Colorado at the 300-foot rise level, and 27 out of 30 ranked 13ers.
I have climbed 5 out of the 6 highest ranked peaks in Minnesota at the 300-foot level. (This is actually more interesting and rare than it sounds. See my Minnesota peakbagging page for more information.)
I have also climbed 5 out of the 6 highest ranked peaks in South Dakota at the 300-foot level. (I don't have a fetish for the number "6"; it just works out that SD has 6 ranked 7000-foot peaks. In any case, I have reached the 1st and 2nd highest peaks of all three of these states using the 300-foot criterion.)
I made the final ascent of the 2nd Millenium of Green Mountain in Boulder (11:50pm on December 31st, 2000), and was correspondingly the first person to stand on the summit in the 3rd Millenium.
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