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!