Prominence based peak bagging offers a unique way to select attractive mountains to
visit that do not depend on (detailed) political boundaries and that orders the peaks
according to a criteria that favors good views from the summit, normally a substantial
effort to reach the summits and a pretty good guarantee that the peaks will be distributed
widely. That is, you will be given the great opportunity to explore and discover a large
part of the land.
It makes sense to increase the level of prominence as you travel farther and farther from
your home, otherwise there would be no incentive to primarily do your hiking near home,
a very practical and reasonable assumption.
Thus, one could set major goals as follows:
1) In your home city: Climb all mountains, that is all peaks with prominence exceeding 100 meter.
2) In your home county: Climb the top 50 and/or top 100 most prominent mountains.
3) In your home country: Climb all Major mountains, that is all peaks with prominence exceeding 600 meter.
4) In your home continent: Climb all Ultra mountains, that is all peaks with prominence exceeding 1500 meter.
5) On your home planet: Climb some peaks among the top 50 and/or top 100 most prominent mountains.
This must be suitably adjusted, keeping the main philosophy, but adjusted to level of ambition and general feasability.
In line with this, my major guidelines are as follows:
1) In the city of Bergen: Climb all mountains, that is all peaks with prominence exceeding 100 meter.
I have done this.
2) In Hordaland: Climb the top 50 and/or top 100 most prominent mountains.
I have 39 of 50 and 50 of 100.
3A) Southern Norway: Climb all Major mountains.
I have 172 of 249.
3B) In Norway: Climb all mountains with prominence of at least 1000 meter. Norway is just too BIG!
I have 72 of 85
4A) In Europe: Climb all Ultra mountains.
I have 86 of 99.
4B) In North America: Climb all Ultra mountains in the 48 contiguous states. My "second home" continent.
I have completed this task.
5) On Tellus: Climb on the list containing the top 50 or 100 most prominent peaks.
I have 27 of 50.
A related concept is the Prominence ladder starting from my home in Bergen.
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