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Acknowledgements

Several people made significant contributions to the development of this list. Mike Bromberg (unofficial leader of the Vulgarian Ramblers Mountaineering Club and peakbagger extraordinaire) provided the initial incentive, as he wanted to know which California peaks might appear on his 100 Highest of the Contiguous USA list. He also reviewed several early drafts (even finding a bug in the first version of RidgeWalker) and lobbied hard for the 300 foot saddle criterion. My brother Scot Schneider painstakingly read through my copies of Steve Roper’s The Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra and R. J. Secor’s The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails to develop the initial list of named candidate peaks. Ken Krugler set up the (now deceased) Bitlocker online database, reviewed some early drafts, and collaborated on the RidgeWalker algorithm. Joe Kelsey pointed out that I’d forgotten Mt. Dubois and Montgomery Peak. Andrew Dearborn pointed out that I had the wrong elevation for Mt. Langley. Jeff Muss also reviewed drafts of the list. Gordon J. Macleod provided information about the unofficial name “Polychrome Peak”. My wife Cindy Branscum helped me enter all of the page references into the 3rd edition of Secor’s The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails. Bob Burd and Brian Kalet provided me with a number of unofficial peak names.

Thanks also to the US Geological Survey, who print the 7.5' topographic maps and publish the DEMs online. Frank Warmerdam’s ISO8211Lib access code made it easy for my RidgeWalker program to read this DEM data. I’m indebted to Google for their wonderful (and free) Google Map and Google Earth plug-in APIs, to MyTopo for their free topographic map service, and for Joseph Elfelt who turned me on to the latter. Several class designations for fairly obscure peaks came from Steve Roper’s The Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra.

Last but certainly not least, R. J. Secor’s The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails was the source for the original peak list (since extended) as well as the class designations. Secor’s work (third edition recently published by the Mountaineers) is without question the definitive guidebook for Sierra climbing - don’t leave home without it!

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