WEBSITE FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF THE WORLD
BASED ON PROMINENCE
What is Peaklist?
This website has lists of over 10,000 mountains worldwide. The
website is designed to provide definitive lists of summits organized
around the concept of topographic prominence. Peaklist does
not attempt to list every mountain in the world; rather it introduces
original and complete research in specific geographical regions,
contributed by a wide number of researchers.
To get started, you should browse the main lists
page with lists and maps from around the world. In
particular, peaklist.org holds four large bodies of original
prominence data; the Ultras project, which
catalogs all 1524 worldwide summits with 1500 meters of prominence; the
US P2000 project, which developed
the first ever dataset of 1234 summits in the lower 48 with 2000'
prominence; the California Mountain Atlas,
with all 4106 summits of
500' prominence; and the Spire
Measure section which develops a rigorous methodology to describe
impressiveness of a mountain. Peaklist also extensively links to
other prominence-derived research being conducted around the world.
What is Prominence?
Mountain summits have long been known by their elevation above mean sea
level. Now a growing community of climbers, mountain enthusiasts
and mathematicians recognize that summits can also be measured by
their elevation relative to the surrounding terrain. Prominence
is the elevation of a summit relative to the
highest point to which one must descend before reascending to
a higher summit. All summits have a specific, non-arbitrary
has generated considerable discussion and theory, and may be a central
concept to a better understanding of the mathematical
properties of the earth's surface. You can read about the
underlying theory in the section titled Prominence
|Mt. Waddington, photo: Fred Touche
But this site is not
primarily about math and earth science. Here you will find a
different kind of appreciation
natural highpoints of the world. In addition to the original
lists and maps of
mountains you can hopefully learn more about the growing peakbagging
dedicated to prominence. This website is full of new information
- covering both the well-known and the completely unknown.
peaklist will leave you with a
greater appreciation for the wonderous diversity of montane landforms
website went live on Sept. 30,
2004. Please send all comments and corrections to the
for lists and articles are on their respective
other text and maps are ©2004-2011 by Aaron Maizlish
unless otherwise noted. This website is for enjoyment and science
only and is free
DO YOU WANT TO GO FIRST?
|Chamechaude (France), photo:
... show me
PROMINENCE TO ME
... theory, graphics, presentations,
articles, and links
SHOW ME THE ULTRAS
... catalog of all 1524 worldwide peaks with 1500 meter (4921')
THE U.S. P2000s
... an introduction
1234 top peaks
in the Lower 48
TO SPIRE MEASURE
... a mathematically robust definition
of mountain impressiveness
Following are some direct links to
in-depth pages of specific regions
of the world. Contributors are welcome!!!
California prominence at P5000, P2000, P1000, and P500
CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN ATLAS
- A catalog of more than 4,000 summits at P500' or greater
NEVADA MOUNTAIN ATLAS - maps of every summit
The frontrunner list currently resides on www.cohp.org, this
will take you offsite.
OTHER GREAT STUFF
-- To the
non-commercial mountain and prominence sites on the web.
links to selected
topographic map resources
I admit, I'm addicted to
geographic data. Here are a couple
of really impressive data sources on political subdivisions and
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|Mt. Paget HP South Georgia
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express written consent. This site is designed for scientific
inquiry and entertainment. The author(s) assume no responsibility
whatsoever for actions taken by individuals as a result of information
gathered on this website. Specifically, people are strongly
warned not to climb mountains based solely on their inclusion on a
geographical list. Some of the mountains on this website are
off-limits to the public, on private property, military bases,
and in regions of the world to which the authors would certainly advise
hiker against travelling. If you plan to hike any mountain,
please inquire about local conditions and use all due precaution.