The Cathedral and Ritter Ranges from Mount Florence (click to view labeled peaks)
This is a compilation of the thirty highest peaks in Yosemite National Park, and includes all points named and unnamed with at least 300 feet of mean prominence. The list includes all summits with an elevation over 12,000 feet and one (Point 11994) that is within the margin of error. Two additional peaks are also included but unranked in the list. Mammoth Peak is the only officially named summit over 12,000 lacking the prominence requirement, and Point 12358 misses the prominence threshold by a mere two feet. Peaks lacking a spot elevation are listed and ranked based on the mean elevation of their highest contour line and what would be the next higher countour.
Secor lists Shepherd Crest el. as 12,000 (newest) and 12,015 (old) in the 2nd addition of his guidebook. You have it listed as 12,020 on this page. I have it at 12,000 on the Shep Crest page. I assume that is correct unless you know better.
I think they are both correct. As we are both aware the standard convention for naming/referring to peaks without a name or spot elevation is to use the highest contour, but obviously the summit is somewhat higher than that. For the purposes of ranking the peaks I think a better estimate is to use the midpoint of the highest contour and what the next one would be... this is likely closer to the true elevation. Similarly I use mean rather than clean prominences whenever I list peak prominence. I mentioned the way I came up with the elevations listed in the writeup, though only briefly.
Posted Jul 23, 2012 3:53 am
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