The idea for Peakware.com was spawned in 1994 on the summit of Mount Elbert, where Peakware founder Terrill Thompson and friends were discussing future climbs. How much higher could they climb with minimal technical alpine skills? Where could they go for a summit hike in Winter? Terrill descended from Mount Elbert that day with a goal of creating a database of prominent world mountains so he and his friends could easily explore the options for their next outing. He spent the next few months collecting and synthesizing data from a variety of sources. By June 1997 his database included over 400 peaks, plus an easy-to-use interface for searching for peaks that matched his hiking and climbing preferences. He briefly distributed all this on CD-ROM, but by June 1998 he had moved it all to the web, thereby making it easily accessible to people worldwide, and opening the door for users to contribute content, including new peaks, trip reports, and photographs. The community of active users grew rapidly, and by 1999 there were hundreds of users, and new content was being added daily.
In December 1999, Peakware.com was acquired by Interactive Outdoors, Inc., a small group of avid outdoor enthusiasts in Aspen, Colorado, who had similarly been collecting and indexing large quantities of data about outdoor recreational opportunities for their flagship website, Wildernet.com.
Since the acquisition, Terrill has continued to support and develop the site, and with the help of over 10,000 users who have contributed content, the Peakware database now includes 4,204 peaks, 11,144 photos, and 16,829 trip reports
This is your site. Let us know what you'd like to see. And please help by adding new peaks, photos, trip reports, or routes; or by contacting us if you spot something that requires correcting. Thank you to everyone who over the years has helped to make Peakware.com the world's premier mountain and mountaineering resource!