What is a peakbagger?

A peakbagger is an individual who participates in peakbagging.

What is peakbagging?

Peakbagging is a recreational activity with the goal of summiting all of the peaks on a list at least once. Peakbaggers summit these peaks by some combination of walking, running, hiking, scrambling and/or climbing. The accumulative nature of peakbagging requires that peakbaggers precisely record, and periodically review, their activity; this is where PeakBucket comes in.

Why peakbagging?

Peakbaggers cite a number of different reasons for peakbagging, which include: spending time outdoors, exercise, sightseeing, socialization, challenge and adventure. Whatever the reason, peakbagging is a pastime for some and an obsession for others; in both cases it's a whole lot of fun.

Peaks vs. summits?

A peak is the top of a mountain. A summit is the date on which a peak was reached. A peak can be summited multiple times (e.g. Peter Athans has summited Everest seven times). When you add an activity on PeakBucket, we keep track of your peaks, summits and more.

What are units?

Units are the way we record and display measurements of distance and height on PeakBucket—either imperial (miles/feet) or metric (kilometers/meters). Without an account, PeakBucket defaults to imperial; however, once you create an account you can view the entire site in your units of choice anytime you're logged in. You can also change your units at any time and as many times as you want. When you do, all of your existing activity data will be converted to your new units automatically.

Measurement Imperial Metric
Distance miles (mi) kilometers (km)
Elevation feet (ft) meters (m)
Prominence feet (ft) meters (m)

Elevation vs. prominence?

Elevation and prominence are two measurements of height for peaks. Elevation is simply the vertical distance between a peak's summit and sea level. Prominence is a bit more complicated—it's the vertical distance between a peak's summit and the lowest contour line for that peak that is still above the next-highest peak's summit (additional reading here). While there are a few different ways to measure a peak's prominence (we use clean prominence on PeakBucket), prominence is important because it is often one of the key criteria for lists.

What is an activity?

An activity is a record containing data about a day spent in the mountains. Activities are comprised of the peak(s) you summited along with some common GPS statistics if you choose to add them. When you add an activity, we automatically update your progress against any of the lists you're working on based on the activity date and season in addition to providing interactive maps and graphs with which you can explore your data (see data visualization). You also have the option of including duration as well as distance and elevation gain in your units of choice, but they're not required.

To add an activity, log in and press the green plus sign in the Log section of your profile:

Adding an activity Adding an activity

What are lists?

Lists are comprised of a group of peaks with some shared attribute (e.g., geography, prominence or feature) and are the foundation of peakbagging. Peakbaggers often work on several lists simultaneously, sometimes completing the same list multiple times. PeakBucket uses completion styles to track your list progress.

Visit the lists page to see our current selection of lists. We're continually updating PeakBucket with new lists; if there's a list you'd like us to add, then please contact us.

What are completion styles?

Completion styles are the different ways in which your progress against a list can be tracked, ranging from one summit to 12 summits per peak. PeakBucket has four completion styles:

Icon Name Description
All Season Summiting each peak on a list once.
Winter Summiting each peak on a list once during the winter season.
Four Season Summiting each peak on a list once in each of the four seasons for a total of four summits per peak.
Grid Summiting each peak on a list once in each month of the calendar year for a total of 12 summits per peak.

To manage your list progress, go to the lists page while logged in and add completion styles for the lists you're working on using the icons:

Managing completion styles Managing completion styles

When you add a completion style for a list, PeakBucket will automatically track your progress based off of your past and future activities. You can review your list progress for all of the completion styles you've added in the Lists Progress section of your profile:

Accessing List Progress Accessing List Progress

In Lists Progress, you can see your current percent complete for each completion style you've added by list. Press a row to see progress details for a particular list:

List Progress section of profile List Progress section of profile

List Progress Details will display the date-level details by completion style for the list you pressed. Use the icons to toggle completion style views:

List Progress Details List Progress Details

What's up with seasons?

Seasons are the four familiar divisions of the year: winter, spring, summer and fall. PeakBucket uses seasons to track your list progress against the winter and four season completion styles in addition to visualizing your activity data in the Views section of your profile. Today you need to select a season when adding an activity; we're working on a way to assign seasons automatically in the future.

The season of an activity depends on where it falls in relation to four dates of the calendar year in addition to the hemisphere of the world in which the activity took place:

Hemisphere Dec Solstice to Mar Equinox Mar Equinox to Jun Solstice Jun Solstice to Sep Equinox Sep Equinox to Dec Solstice
Northern Winter Spring Summer Fall
Southern Summer Fall Winter Spring

What is data visualization?

Data visualization is the presentation of text-based data in a visual context, which makes it more easily and enjoyably seen, interpreted and explored. The interactive maps and graphs you'll find on PeakBucket are data visualizations.

After you log in and add a few activities, you'll find visualizations of your data in the Stats section of your profile:

Stats section of profile Stats section of profile

Be sure to check them out!

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