Upon arrival at a new summit, I would scan the horizon naming each peak as if it was an old friend. The horizon became my focus and I began to wonder about the peaks that I did not have names for farther to the north and south. I had become a "peak bagger," not so I could brag about having climbed so many peaks, but rather so that I could get to know the ramparts that hemmed me into this remote valley... Thomas Turiano Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone - Prologue
Here's a note for Idaho mountain loving peak baggers. I have finally completed the Thousand Peaks. The 1000 mountain ascents, all different-no duplicates, reflect part of a life journey begun in 1968. I believe I am the first Idahoan to achieve this goal. Categories of interest are as follows: 649 Idaho summits done 107 Idaho summits over 11000' 75 peaks, mostly in east central Idaho, with no prior record of summit occupation 546 summits reached over 10000' ... So, onward toward the next thousand. Hope to see your name in the summit register. Rick Baugher Idaho Falls, ID September 29, 2004 - Idahosummits.com Guestbook
In order for a peak to be on this list, it must meet two criteria. First, its summit altitude must be over 11,000 feet. Second, its prominence must be over 300 feet or potentially over 300 feet, based on the topographic map of the peak. This means that in order to reach another, higher peak one must descend at least 300 feet from its summit. Peaklist.org has a thorough explanation of prominence on its website.
Here is a 3D map of Mountaineer Peak showing its altitude and prominence. Notice how Point 11,452 does not pass the 300 foot prominence threshhold.
Peak vs. Point - This map shows why Mountaineer Peak, while shorter in altitude than Borah's North Peak, is on the list, while Borah North is not.
The one exception to this rule is No Regret Peak of the the Lost River Range, which has a maximum possible prominence of 292 feet. It is included as a ranked peak because many in Lost River peak bagging circles have considered it a seperate peak.
Also available for download are the Digital Raster Graphics of the area. DRG's are the scanned, high resolution copies of the original USGS topographic quadrangles. You can find maps of the entire state at the Idaho Department of Lands website. In addition to that, the Digital Elevation Models of those quadrangles are available. You can view these with programs such as 3DEM. The entire state is available at GIS Data Depot.
Direct links to the quadrangles that contain the summits on this list are to the right. Note: the DEM urls are incorrect. I will fix those as soon as I get all the correct file names.
(Note: Some of the websites have reorganized their url system, and end up as dead links. I'll work on this problem.) This page is designed to give as much information about each peak as possible. Here is an overview of the links available:
Most links are self explanatory. "Latitude" links to the Montana State University Graphical Locater. "Longitude" links to the benchmark search at Geocaching.com for the area surrounding the peak. Clicking on the prominence measure will link to the Topozone map of the prominence saddle. Note that many of the 11ers on the western end have gaps in aerial photo coverage.
To link directly to a mountain, just add "#" following the name of the peak to this page's url (if the list sections are not collapsed). Example.
Creating the page
The bulk of work was done on Excel, using the concatenate function to create links for all the peaks and their coordinates. To bring the list together, I actually used the mail merge tool in MS Word. I made other tables using the easy TableMaker to save some effort.