The new peakery is here.

After climbing many false-summits, the new peakery is finally ready to go!

THIS IS BIG. A complete ground-up redesign. We’ve re-thought every feature and added many, many more. Internally we’ve called this effort Project Shasta, named after the massive volcano in northern California. Because just like Shasta, the new peakery is massive in scope… we’ve packed in so much new stuff.

All with the goal: get more people to climb more mountains.

Check it out on


Top 10 new things in peakery:


  1. Nearly everything

The new peakery includes over 100 new page designs

If you’re a long-time peakery member, we hope your first reaction upon seeing the new peakery is “Whoa!” (a good whoa). The first thing you’ll notice is that it looks a lot different. But far from just a fresh coat of paint, we’ve taken extra time to reimagine every single feature to better organize and showcase the growing number of incredible mountain experiences shared by our members. 100% of your existing data is in here but now it’s presented in hugely improved ways with bigger photos and useful filters and sorts throughout the site. And all the parts underneath that “just make it work” have been overhauled with modern technologies to set peakery up for constant improvements in the future.


  1. Use on your phone & tablet too. Hello 2017!

The old peakery was nearly impossible to use on your phone or tablet. Despite this, 47% of people tried. Ouch. The new peakery addresses this with 3 separate designs: 1 for desktops/laptops, 1 for tablets, and 1 for phones. In addition to scaling to the appropriate screen size, we’ve added phone-only features like adding photos from your phone’s photo library, seeing your current location on the map, and getting turn-by-turn directions to trailheads.


  1. Add your GPS tracks

One of the most requested features: now you can add your GPS tracks to your summit logs. Adding your track will auto-populate stats in your summit log for distance, time, and vertical gain.


  1. Summit routes

A central goal of the new peakery is to be a great resource for anyone to find the info they need to go out and climb mountains. To that end, members may now contribute detailed route info for any mountain in the world. Routes may include key info such as GPS tracks, stats, difficulty, popularity, maps, step-by-step descriptions & photos, directions to the start, and more. All of this route info enables new features such as filtering summits by difficulty, seeing only summits logged on a particular route, and capturing personal stats like your total vertical gain and difficulty breakdown.

With ongoing contributions from our community, we hope to grow peakery into a comprehensive resource for route info for peaks around the world.


  1. See the latest in your region

Latest summits in Alberta, Canada

On the old peakery it was hard to discover the latest summits in regions you care about. To address this, we changed the homepage to feature the latest activity in your home region (or any region in the world). It’s a quick overview of what’s been happening in the mountains, something to check before you head out… or to browse when you’re stuck inside.


  1. Summit logs 2.0

Part of the new summit log

One of the central activities on peakery is logging your climbs. So we spent a lot of time working on improving it in 2 main ways: 1) making logging easier, and 2) letting you log new types of info. New features include:

  • Faster with easy 1-page logging (works on your phone too).
  • Add photos directly from your phone. 
  • Add your GPS track.
  • Add distance, elevation, and time stats (auto-populated if you add your GPS track).
  • Add details on activities, key gear, challenges (using quick toggles).
  • Add videos and related links.
  • Add your summit attempts — the ones that got away.
  • Easier sharing with a dedicated URL for each summit log.
  • Earn new awards after you log a summit.
  • Totally new views of your log with big photos, map, and other stats.
  • Easier liking and commenting on everyone’s logs.


  1. Earn new King of the Mountain & Summit Steward Awards

In the spirit of friendly competition, we’re introducing 2 new types of peakery awards for peaks you climb frequently:

King of the Mountain Award:

Summit a peak more times than any other member. Only 1 available per peak. Beware: this award can be lost!

Summit Steward Award:

Summit a peak at least 5 times to become one of its Summit Stewards. As Steward of a peak, you’re encouraged to keep that peak’s info up-to-date on peakery and spread goodwill on your future climbs up the peak.


  1. Shiny new peak pages

Part of the new Mount Assiniboine page

The over 330,000 peak pages are the crux of peakery… so we made them better with a complete overhaul:

  • Bigger photos.
  • Expandable maps right in the page.
  • New editable highlights section.
  • New 3D Map view (no browser plug-ins required!).
  • New page for summit logs with powerful filters.
  • New Routes page featuring summit routes for that peak.


  1. Peak Challenges

The Las Vegas Local 10 Peak Challenge is a stepping-stone to other Las Vegas Peak Challenges.

Peak Challenges take the age-old concept of peak lists and make them far more accessible, achievable, and progressive. This translates into many new challenges close to cities with a smaller number of peaks — anywhere from 5 to 20 peaks usually of low difficulty. These challenges serve as stepping-stones to progressively more involved challenges that’ll keep even the truly obsessed busy.

For each of the over 280 featured Peak Challenges, we’ve added pages for detailed info and stats, maps, member progress, and related summits. Near many cities, Peak Challenges start with smaller collections of peaks — anywhere from 5 to 20 peaks of low difficulty. 

And introducing “Rounds”: now peakery automatically tracks your progress toward completing a challenge multiple times.


  1. More insights about you

Your peakery profile just got a huge upgrade — we added so much new stuff that we decided to organize everything into 6 sub-pages. Some of the changes you’ll find:

  • Huge collection of stats breaking down your mountain activity:

    You’ll find stats galore in your new profile
  • Cooler Peak Badges showing awards directly on them:

  • Filters and charts for all of your Summit Logs:
Filter all of your summit logs by year, region, or outcome
  • Fullscreen map featuring all of your climbs:
You can use a bunch of filters on your map
  • Your detailed progress on Challenges — with new Season Grid and Month Grid views:
The new Monthy Grid view for a Peak Challenge
  • New Photos page to prominently feature all of your photos:
Your photos are the focus here


Other great new stuff:

  • Expanded info for 2,600 regions with separate pages for related stats & highlights, maps, recent summits, and challenges.
  • New Members page with rankings by different metrics and a member search.
  • Easier ways to contribute such as by adding route tracks, route info, new data fields, new edit screens, and an easier form to add missing peaks.
  • Map enhancements such as a bigger map area with full-width view, new sliders for Summits and Difficulty, and a way to jump to your current location when using your phone or tablet.


Big thanks

Thanks to those who’ve contributed to improving peakery so far. Your steady stream of data improvements make peakery a more valuable guide to the world’s mountains. And a special thanks to those who gave feedback on early concepts of this new peakery; we incorporated many of your ideas.

What’s next?

Our goal with peakery is to get more people to climb more mountains. While this new peakery is a summit of sorts, there are many more summits ahead as we work with the peakery community to continue to advance this goal.

In 2017 we’re planning to release batches of new stuff every few weeks. Some of the first batches will focus on peak data, maps, and photos.


We could really use your feedback as we work to iron out kinks and round out features. And let us know what else you’d like to see, as long as it doesn’t involve adding dancing meerkats to your summit photos or anything like that.

See you in the mountains,

peakery team

Help peakery reach new heights!


We’re looking for an experienced developer to join us in building  peakery into the leading mountain climbing and hiking site on the web.

If you’re looking for a fun place to apply your dev skills and love the outdoors this is a great opportunity to mix the two passions. We can be really flexible to meet what you’re looking for.

  • Ideally you have full-stack experience building other web apps using our stack of Django and Postgres but far more important is a demonstrated passion and proficiency with coding in general.
  • Can be a shorter-term engagement or a much longer-term one depending on what you’re looking for. For the right person, we’re flexible!
  • We see a huge phase of development coming up ASAP. After that there will be ongoing work opportunities as peakery continues to grow and expands onto mobile.
  • Would be best if you’re based in the SF area (we just moved from Seattle last week!), but we’re definitely open to a remote working relationship.

If you’re interested, hit us up at

peakery members: please forward this post to your developer friends. If you help us find someone we’ll send you a fresh batch of peakery stickers (and start cranking out new improvements for you faster!). Thanks a ton.

Past, present, and future of peakery


peakery member Justin Raphaelson from Massachusetts recently interviewed peakery founder Scott Kendall about the origins of peakery and where it’s headed.

Check out the full interview on Justin’s blog.

peakery is happy to support Justin’s cross-country roadtrip that started today. Along the way, he plans to tackle an impressive list of peaks across the American West. Look out for his summit logs coming soon. Here are some of the peaks he plans to climb in his ambitious itinerary:

Good luck Justin!

Top Contributors, data cleanup, better region pages

Here are the Top 5 new things on peakery:

1.  New! Top Contributors page
top peakery contributors

A new place to recognize our members’ vital contributions to improving the quality of peakery’s peak information.  The long-term goal of peakery is to include accurate information for every peak in the world… from stats to summit logs. The Top Contributors page is a permanent shrine to recognize our top 50 members as they work to make peakery a better resource for everyone.

2. Data cleanup: added regions to 100,000(!) more peaks

updated regions in peakery

Part of a huge, ongoing data cleanup effort. Around 150,000 peaks out of 330,000 were missing a sub-region (doh!), so now we’re down to 50,000 without a sub-region.  We’ll continue to chip away at this.  In the meantime, we’ve updated the regional height ranks for all peaks on the site.

3. See the most/least summited peaks in each region

Now on each region page (like Italy or Colorado) you can sort peaks by most summits and least summits (in addition to sorting by elevation and name).  Lets you quickly get a sense of which mountains are most “popular” in a region… or which ones are off the beaten path.

4. Design tweaks

The site design is gradually evolving to be simpler and better organized.  We plan to keep improving the design over time.  If you have any design feedback/ideas please let us know, we could use the help.


5. New Peak Lists
Now featuring 79 peak lists from around the world.

Washington Mountaineers Everett Peaks

Colorado Bicentennial 13ers (work in progress)
Italy Apennine 2000m peaks (work in progress)

Know any good ones we should add?

Souped up peak search & maps

Recently we took a fresh look at 2 of the core parts of the peakery experience:

  • searching for peaks
  • browsing peaks on maps

We worked through a long list of improvements focused on just these 2 things.  Here are the highlights:

Better searching for peakssearch-results2

  • See the total number of summits for each peak.  If you search near a location, it’ll show you a list of the most summited peaks in a 100 mile radius.  A great new way to hone in on the popular peaks to climb wherever you are (or want to go).
  • See prominence for all peaks.  Still missing for a lot of peaks — please help out and add to make peakery even more useful!
  • Sort by any column.  The default sort order is total number of summits.  Click any other column label to change the sort.
  • Filter search results by elevation and prominence. Quickly refine your search with these filters.
  • Handles non-English peak names (diacritic marks such as accents, umlauts, etc.).
  • Searches across alternate peak names too.


Better map browsing

  • Integrated an awesome topo map layer for the entire US called Caltopo.  Just select the ‘Topo (US only)’ from the map options dropdown to see peaks with a whole new level of detail.


  • Quickly see the total number of summits to-date by hovering over any peak marker on the map.


  • Map no longer loads in twice — super annoying bug fixed.

We hope you find these changes useful.  Please let us know if you uncover any bugs or have more ideas on how to keep improving searching & map browsing on peakery.


Missing info? Errors?

If you see any missing or incorrect info (like elevation, prominence, range, etc.), please help improve peakery by submitting edits.  Just click the ‘edit info’ link in the Snapshot box on any peak page.  Thanks for the help!



What’s next

We’re in the midst of huge improvements to the underlying peak data.  And a lot of bug fixes.  In the meantime, get out there and summit some peaks!