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!

New insights for Peak List activity

We just released some improvements to the Peak List pages to provide you with more insight into the peakery community’s activity in each list.  Now you can answer questions like:

1. How popular is a peak list?

We’ve added the total number of pursuers and finishers right next to each list on the Peak Lists page. Pursuers are peakery members who’ve claimed at least 1 peak that belongs to a peak list but have yet to complete the list. When you claim a peak that belongs to a peak list, you automatically become a pursuer of the list and your progress in the list is added to your Profile. A pursuer becomes a finisher upon claiming all peaks in a list.


2. Who’s active in a peak list?

Before you could only see up to 5 recent claims, pursuers, and finishers. Now click the ‘See all’ links in each of these sections to view new pages showing all members who’ve been active in the list. See all recent claims, pursuers, and finishers for each list.  For example, here’s a new list of all finishers of the the White Mountain 4000 Footers (congrats!).


3. Which peaks in a list are most popular? Or least popular?

In addition to viewing all the peaks in each list by Highest Elevation and Name, we’ve added the ability to view by how many claims each peak has. This gives a quick sense of which peaks are most popular and which ones are the least visited. This can be valuable and interesting info in deciding your next objective. For example: did you know that Grays Peak is the most claimed Colorado 14er in the list? Any guesses on what the least claimed Colorado 14ers on the list are? (click here for answer)

Introducing the Elevation Slider: a simple yet powerful map tool

Sometimes you just want a quick way to see the highest mountains in an area or peaks within a certain range of altitude. Now in peakery’s Map View you can filter all peaks by height with a simple Elevation Slider, the first of its kind on the web. It lets you quickly see peaks within a given range of elevation by letting you set a minimum height as well as a maximum height. You can also toggle between feet and meters.

Elevation Slider showing all peaks over 13,000 ft

Play with the slider a bit and you’ll quickly get a great sense of how many peaks are within certain elevation bands. It’s a simple yet powerful map tool to help in your mountain explorations.

Get your personalized peakery 2011 Annual Report!

Your peakery Annual Report documents your year in the mountains. It’s a comprehensive summary including all of your claimed peaks and summit logs from 2011.

To view your report, go to the Reports tab on your profile and click the link. Then we’ll send the report to your email address.

Top 5 new things on peakery

1. Bigger photos & maps

We’ve optimized peakery for larger screens with bigger photos and maps. Now browsing peaks is better than ever.  We also added a slideshow for peak page photos to let you flip through photos faster.

Note: if peakery doesn’t fit on your screen, hit control-minus twice in your browser and it should look right.

2. Enhanced your profile

Your peakery profile is your home when not in the mountains.  Your mountain shrine.  Given its importance, we’ve been constantly improving it.  Some notable changes:

  • see all your claimed peaks in List, Map, and Photo views (click the Peaks claimed stat)
  • a new photo page showing all photos you’ve added (click the Photos stat)
  • see unique peaks claimed vs. total claims
  • see your Most claimed peak
  • Peak List filters to see All, Claimed, and Unclaimed peaks for each list
  • see comments from summit logs in the Comments tab
  • new Reports tab with your peakery 2011 Annual Report

3. Map of claimed vs. unclaimed

A simple yet powerful enhancement to the peakery Map view. Now when you go to Find Peaks and click the Map view, all of your claimed peaks will show up with green markers.  Also at the bottom of the map you can now see photos of some of the peaks you’ve claimed.Use these new features to discover unclaimed peaks and easily get a sense of how thoroughly you’ve explored a region.  Find out the closest unclaimed peak to your home… and then get out there and claim it!


4. Over 10,000 corrections

peakery aims to create the largest, most accurate collection of the world’s mountains. Thanks to the combined efforts of all peakery members, over 10,000 data fixes have been made since our last update.

With over 325,000 peaks on the site, we still need your help!  If you see an error or missing piece of info, please click the ‘See an error? Report it here’ or the ‘help improve info’ links on any peak page.  Also, if you want to add a missing peak, click the Add peak link in Find Peaks.


5. Now with 49 Peak Lists

Peak lists provide challenging goals for mountain enthusiasts of all technical abilities.  peakery continues to add famous, popular, and challenging peak lists from around the world.  Now featuring 49 lists it was time to add a directory to better organize them by region.  Also we revised each peak list page to show your progress at the top.

Some of the new lists:

Other new stuff:

  • Added this blog featuring the latest updates from base camp.
  • Added prominence and alternate names fields for peaks. You can add this info to any peak that’s missing it.
  • Revised ranking stats on Leaders page to be based on peaks claimed not total claims
  • News: added All filter; summit claims now show excerpts of users’ trip reports.
  • List view: shows multiple peak lists per peak; search improvements (accents etc.).
  • Added some territories to the world directory
  • Speedier search and faster database.
  • An Easter egg on the homepage.

peakery End of August update

We’ve added a lot of new stuff to peakery since our last update in June.  First thing’s first though:

Winners of the peakery 2011 Summer Kickoff Contest:
In our July contest, 3 lucky peakery members won some sweet gear. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Top 5 new things on peakery

1. See the Leaders.
In every region in the world.

A new way to see who’s claimed peaks around the world. View activity in last 30 days, last 365 days, or all-time. Then drilldown to a country or region level to see who’s claimed peaks there (like in Colorado, for example). Find out who’s been knocking off the most summits in your neck of the woods. Then get out there and claim more peaks to improve your rank!

2. Follow other members.
Be first to hear the news.

Stay updated on the latest summit claims by Following other members.  When you Follow someone, you’ll see their latest peakery activity in your News page.  You can Follow anyone on peakery, such as friends, active climbers in your region, and hardcore mountaineers.  When someone Follows you, it shows up in your News and you’ll receive an email letting you know (you can turn off the email notifications in Settings).

3. Improved summit logging.

Claiming summits and signing the summit log is central to the site, so we made it better with a bunch of improvements, including:

  • add longer trip reports more easily in grow-to-fit box
  • add up to 6 photo per summit log
  • select a photo directly from your summit log to be the main peak photo
  • tag companions with auto-complete
  • select routes from known routes for that peak sorted by popularity
  • immediately see your progress on related peak lists and other stats related to your claim
  • share easily with Facebook, Twitter, and email.

Claim a peak now and try it out.

4. Like and comment on summit logs.

Now when someone adds a summit log to peakery, other members can give it a Like or add commments to it.  When this happens to your summit log, you’ll learn about it on your News page and also in an email notification.  We’re excited to finally have a way for members to give feedback on all of the excellent summit logs being shared.

5. First Ascents & Multiple ascents.

When you’re the first person to claim a peak on peakery, you’ll snag the peakery First Ascent (note: not the same as the historical first ascent). This means the peak will forever bear your name.  Also you can now claim a peak more than once, a much requested feature.  When you claim multiple ascents, the number of ascents appears on the peak’s summit badge on your Profile.

Other new stuff:

  • Streamlined the top navigation and added a News icon that lights up when there’s news.
  • Added a separate Settings area for resetting password, adding Facebook and Twitter accounts, managing email notifications, and finding friends already using peakery on Facebook and Gmail.
  • Option to Sign up and Log in with your Facebook account.
  • On your profile: new layout for Bio info with Following and Followers stats, added user ranks and peak list completions to the right column, added time filters on your summit logs, top companions now based on your summit logs and linked to members’ profile pages.
  • Simplified UI for list view / map view / photo view.

New peak lists:

If you know of a peak list with wide appeal that we should add, please let us know at

What would you like to see next?

We’d love to hear from you. You can email us at or get in touch on our Facebook page or on Twitter@peakery.

See you at the summit,

the peakery team