Sunday, November 13, 2005

Colorado's 100 Most Prominent Peaks

John Kirk, of Louisville, Colorado maintains a list of Colorado's 100 Most Prominent Peaks. In the November 4th issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette, Dave Phillips wrote an article about this new way to rank peaks. The "metric" for measuring prominence is how much elevation is lost on a ridge between the peak and the next highest peak. The low point between them is the key saddle. The level of prominence is the net elevation from this key saddle to the summit. By this measure, only 24 of the 100 most prominent peaks in Colorado are fourteeners; 23 are thirteeners and 22 are twelvers. The rest are below 12,000 feet.

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