Next-generation mountain maps

A few weeks ago, we started fiddling with Mapbox and quickly got excited about their developer-friendly outdoor maps. Now we’re excited to feature these great maps on peakery; they’re purpose-built for mountain exploration.

Mapbox’s next-generation vector maps highlight info important to hikers and climbers, such as topo lines, trails, streams, terrain shading, and park boundaries. The best part about these maps: since they’re vector-based we can adjust every map element, tweak the design, add data layers, and build new interactive features. Example: a new button that instantly toggles all contour lines between feet and meters. We hope to keep improving these maps in the future.

These new maps complement the 2 other excellent topo maps currently featured on peakery, Outdoors and Topo (US/CA/NZ) from CalTopo.

peakery now offers 5 map options:

1. Terrain: a detailed, worldwide topo map. See contours, trails and other relevant details at much closer zoom levels than Google Terrain view. Use the “first-ever-in-the-history-of-the-web” toggle at the top to change the contours between feet/meters.

Terrain: use that amazing toggle at the top to instantly switch contours between feet and meters


2. Outdoors: a second worldwide topo map that provides an alternate view

Outdoors: an alternative topo view of the world


3. Topo (US/CA/NZ): detailed government-produced topo maps for the US, Canada, and New Zealand provided by CalTopo

Topo (US/CA/NZ): highly detailed goverment topo maps for US, Canada, and New Zealand


4. Satellite: imagery with info layers

Satellite: imagery with overlayed details


5. Satellite Topo: imagery with contours, trails, and info layers

Satellite Topo: imagery with topo contours and other details

Go check out the new maps


Over half a million peaks

We just completed a second major update to peakery’s underlying peak data (the first being our recent clean up of regions).

Now featuring 587,000 peaks!

This update adds 250,000 new peaks to the existing 337,000 for a grand total of over half a million peaks. Some countries gained a huge number of new peaks. Here are the top 25 countries that gained the most peaks:

Russia 31,816 total peaks + 24,687 new peaks
Spain 20,533 + 18,969
Italy 22,607 + 17,405
Germany 19,585 + 16,930
China 15,474 + 13,321
Australia 14,072 + 10,027
Chile 14,399 + 10,005
United Kingdom 12,512 + 7,771
Czech Republic 6,978 + 6,107
Brazil 6,384 + 5,748
Morocco 9,068 + 5,297
Norway 9,461 + 5,206
Colombia 6,051 + 4,918
Poland 6,065 + 4,573
Austria 10,455 + 4,538
Saudi Arabia 5,196 + 4,389
Turkey 8,144 + 4,225
France 7,216 + 4,180
Argentina 7,666 + 3,948
Slovakia 4,665 + 3,503
United States 71,168 + 3,296
Sweden 4,919 + 3,164
Greece 4,448 + 2,761
Bulgaria 3,058 + 2,669
Indonesia 16,965 + 2,608

Overall we added peaks to 195 countries and territories; go to the Regions page to check out any of these. We plan to add more peaks over time.

Improved summit locations & elevations

Since the launch of the new peakery, we’ve also fixed the locations of over 72,000 peaks and the elevation of more than 16,000 peaks. This is on top of the 1000s of valuable contributions from the peakery community.

Other tweaks

  • added country and region names to every peak’s URL
  • changed all existing unnamed peaks to the default ‘Peak 1,234 ft’ or ‘Peak 1,234 m’ naming-scheme
  • fixed bug in Log climb date picker (Windows/Chrome)
  • fixed the summits that show up on Challenge > Members pages
  • fixed the summits that show up on Profile > Map

Why we’re doing this

peakery’s long-term goal is to become the world’s ultimate resource to plan, collect, and share your mountain hiking & climbing adventures. An important ingredient in this is accurate and comprehensive info for every mountain in the world. It’s going to take years of constant improvement to get there, but with your help we plan to keep chipping away at it.

Get ready for the 2nd Annual PEAK WEEK

Join for the 2nd Annual PEAK WEEK!

Go summit a peak from Aug 1 to 7, 2017 and then log your climb on peakery.

During last year’s first ever PEAK WEEK, peakery members climbed 359 summits around the world. We’re hoping that we can all beat that this year.

So start gathering up your friends for some great mountain adventures.

Use Google calendar? Quickly add PEAK WEEK to your calendar by clicking here:

Peak regions get some love

peakery’s long-term goal is to become the world’s ultimate resource to plan, collect, and share your mountain hiking & climbing adventures. An important ingredient in this is accurate and comprehensive info for every mountain in the world. It’s going to take years of constant improvement to get there, but with your help we plan to keep chipping away at it.

Huge cleanup of regions
In line with that, we just released a major cleanup of peakery’s worldwide regions info. Previously, over 1,000 peaks had no country and over 60,000 had no region. Even worse, a huge number of peaks were assigned to outdated or incorrect regions. We fixed all of that in 249 countries/territories and almost 4,000 regions.

Country maps come to life
Now with updated regions, every country’s geochart shows its regions fully colored in. A few examples of how much better these look:

Faster loading region pages
While we were in here, we greatly reduced the loading time of all of the regions pages. If you experience a really slow regions page (> 5 sec to load) please let us know and we’ll take another look.

Streamlined peak approval
With the new regions in place we’ll be able to respond to new peak submissions much faster. Before, we’d often need to manually assign regions to submitted peaks, but now they’ll be auto-assigned.

Meanwhile in bug land…
• fixed issue that wasn’t showing non-member companions in summit logs
• fixed issue that prevented removing non-member companions from your logs
• in summit logs added hover tooltips over Companion and Like avatars showing member names
• improved UI for adding companions to a log
• added checks to prevent losing data in logs when user doesn’t hit ‘add’ button in some sections
• added a peakery mobile app icon for when you save peakery to your homescreen on iPhone/iPad for quick access. DO IT NOW! Here’re the steps:

1. load in Safari on your iPhone/iPad

2. tap the share icon at the bottom

3. choose the 'Add to Home Screen' option in the bottom row

New worldwide topo maps

A good topo map is essential to understanding mountainous terrain. And as any map lover will tell you, it’s just fun to look at. Thanks to CalTopo, peakery members can see highly detailed topo maps in the US, Canada, and New Zealand. Just select the Topo (US/CA/NZ) view on the upper right corner of the map:

the Topo map view provides great detail for US, Canada, and New Zealand (click for fullsize)

But what about the rest of the world? For this we’re excited to offer a new highly detailed topo map view: Outdoors. In many countries, the Outdoors map view provides vastly more details on peaks, trails, and mountainous terrain than the existing Google Terrain view. Here’s a quick comparison (click to see full details):

Outdoors map view peakery
the new global Outdoors topo map view (click for fullsize)
compare to the same place in Google Terrain view. (click for fullsize)

Along with other recently launched map features of the new peakery— Summits & Difficulty filters, bigger map views, mobile and tablet support— we hope that this global topo map makes peakery’s maps even more useful as you plan your next mountain adventures. Please let us know at [email protected] if you have any ideas to make peakery’s mountain maps even better.

Ready for spring: over 100 fixes since launch of the new peakery

After February’s massive release of the new peakery, we knew there’d be some issues — even after fixing over 50 bulleted pages of bugs before launch. But we still underestimated the bugginess.

Thank you to the many peakery members who didn’t get too mad and reported issues. Over the last few weeks we’ve fixed over 100 annoying issues (most of them discovered by members).

We plan to keep fixing bugs. If you find any more please let us know. You can reach us on Facebook or email at [email protected].

For those that want the details, here’s the full list of bugs we’ve fixed since launch:

Summit logs:
1. improved photo uploading that fixes errors, doubles upload speed, allows multiple photo selection, and automatically senses file errors before fully uploading.
2. improved elevation gain calculations with smoothing of tracks and minimum uphill/downhill trends concept to smooth out tiny fluctuations on a rolling route
3. fixed incorrect metric units conversion in logs
4. fixed 500 error when submit elevation or prominence in meters
5. fixed datepicker UI issues in Windows Chrome and Edge browsers
6. fixed new routes not available to select when logging a climb
7. fixed 500 error when adding a new route to a log
8. fixed errors logging and editing logs
9. fixed issue with saving edited logs
10. fixed issue with save button being inactive when add a route to a log
11. fixed error when trying to upload a GPX file
12. fixed issue preventing removing a log
13. fixed error when trying to remove a GPX file
14. fixed issue preventing removing distance, elevation, and time values from logs
15. fixed issue preventing removing photos from logs
16. fixed issue that showed uploaded photos on site even when a member abandoned logging part way through
17. in comments linked usernames to the member’s pages
18. fixed issue causing all hearts to always show up red on a peak’s Summits page
19. fixed issue with photo captions not showing up in the fullsize photo viewer
20. changed all GPX tracks to red color to be consistent throughout site
21. added the “Elevation start” stat to the Elevation box
22. fixed issue that didn’t show photos that had spaces in their filenames
23. fixed issue that didn’t allow save of photo captions when editing a log
24. fixed a bug in how handling some GPX files that prevented uploading them
25. fixed peak map markers infowindows on mobile
26. replaced the red peak marker with the orange version to be consistent throughout site
27. fixed a timezone issue that caused the number of days shown on logs to sometimes be wrong
28. fixed issue to update stats when remove and re-add a GPX file
29. fixed the order of photos shown in summit logs

Member profiles:
30. fixed error with Days since last climb always showing 0
31. fixed peak photos not showing on “Nearest to home” goal
32. changed the info page to only show photos from your summit logs (instead of all photos you contribute)
33. fixed incorrect Home Basecamp location mappings
34. fixed issue with map not centering on home basecamp when click the name of the Home Basecamp or the Completion radius box map
35. changed when click the Completion radius stat now goes to Peaks table view
36. removed case sensitivity in member page URLs
37. changed definition of Winter to include all of Mar 20 since some users weren’t getting Winter grid credit because the Vernal Equinox time varies every year
38. fixed issue showing multiple badges for the same peak
39. fixed issue with badge images not showing up because of spaces in image names
40. fixed issues with badges showing incorrect King of Mountains
41. fixed issue showing First Ascents on badges when multiple members logged a peak on the same day
42. fixed members’ Challenge maps not showing the correct completed peaks

Peak pages:
43. fixed server errors preventing some peak pages from loading
44. fixed some characters in the filename causing some peak pages not to load
45. fixed thumbnailing broken for peak photos with spaces in filenames
46. fixed issue with Edit peak and Add peak submitting slightly incorrect peak locations
47. fixed nAn showing up in Prominence input box
48. fixed slow loading of peak pages by optimizing cesium.js 3D view loading
49. fixed issue with Highlights input boxes not showing all of text (even when paste in text).
50. fixed error when clicked ‘edit highlights’ on some peak pages
51. fixed the date of photos to be the date of the summit logs (if they’re part of one)
52. fixed pagination issues when filtering the Summits page (and rest of site)
53. fixed flickr photo attribution links in fullsize photo viewer
54. when editing the peak, if peak outside of US select the meters unit for elevation and prominence by default
55. fixed error with Most liked filter on Summits page

56. fixed issues with caching of homepage
57. fixed issue with the same summit log showing up twice
58. fixed issue with missing peaks photos
59. fixed issue that keeps World selected on the homepage if navigate away and come back.
60. fixed issue of vertical orientation photos being scrunched

Region pages:
61. fixed continent/country/region timing out when > 5000 peaks,
62. fixed Region > Challenges not showing all challenges
63. fixed missing pagination on Continent/Country/Region > Challenges pages
64. fixed last country at bottom being partially hidden on Regions > world
65. fixed Country > Map on mobile to show the correct filter icon

Add missing peak:
66. fixed bug related to not specifying a peak name when adding a missing peak
67. changed format of auto peak names to Peak 1234 m (or Peak 1234 ft in US)
68. unlinked the other peak markers on the map to prevent leaving form
69. use meters by default for elevation and prominence if the Map page was previously centered outside of US

70. fixed distance to summit showing 0.0 when added a route GPX and then adjusted
71. fixed a bunch of errors when adding GPX files
72. removed the constraint that a GPX must require time data
73. fixed routes showing incorrect number of summits
74. added link to Google Maps directions in the Getting there section of route detail pages
75. if peak outside of US, select the meters unit for elevation and prominence by default when adding or editing a route
76. fixed issue with some characters causing errors in Route Highlights

Peak Challenges
77. fixed broken challenge links in “Want to add a peak challenge” modal
78. fixed on Challenges > members if 0 peaks climbed in 2nd round, don’t show the bar for the 2nd round
79. fixed issue on Challenge > Info page with clicking the moving peak photos linking to incorrect peaks
80. fixed attempts being counted as summits in Challenges
81. Challenge > Summits: fixed pagination issue showing incorrect number of summits on
82. Challenges >Members: changed the text to always say ‘last peak’ regardless of if summit or attempt
83. Challenges > World: linked ANTARCTICA to the continent page, not the region page
84. fixed issue with missing main photos for some challenges
85. fixed issue with search not working on Challenges > Peaks page

Search/Peaks page
86. fixed non-alpha characters breaking search
87. fixed error in number of You summits shown
88. fixed bad scrolling behavior when clicking pagination link
89. fixed error when searched for a peak name and US state name

90. linked the entire header of each member card to their profile
91. fixed error when viewing some pages
92. added pagination to members list

93. fixed infowindows popping up at wrong locations when map area shows the international date line
94. Prime Meridian Bug™: fixed bug when peaks vanish when map shows both the PM and IDL
95. fixed issue with some challenge maps not showing all peaks in the challenge
96. fixed issue with bad character in a peak name causing no peaks to load in Challenge map
97. fixed issue pushing zoom buttons off edge of screen in Windows Chrome

98. fixed reset password to first check if email account is registered with peakery
99. fixed members without passwords not able to reset password (members who signed up with Facebook)
100. changed the focus to the username field when login on desktop
101. don’t show a News item when a user likes their own summit log
101. added a 500 Internal Server Error page

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

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!