- Emblem Descriptions & Recognition of Recent Member Accomplishments
- Notifying SPS of New Accomplishments
- Pins and Patches
Note: The order (i.e., #) of names generally reflects the order of application while the date whenever possible is the date of the ascent of the qualifying peak, or when the list was presented.
Recent accomplishments are shown after the descriptions below. In the future, "recent" names will be retained on this list for one calendar year, then be removed after January 1 of the following year. Exception: If two or less, the two most recent names may be retained for a longer period. Also, if an accomplishment from the distant past has recently been added to the list, additional names may be retained for a longer period.
Please watch this space for recent Member mountaineering accomplishments.
#6 - 2014-09-04 - Neal Robbins - Mt Tallac
#7 - 2014-07-25 - Bob Pickering - Vandever Mtn
#8 - 2016-08-29 - Signe Swensen - Kern Point
#9 - 2015-08-30 - Daryn Dodge - Mt Dana
#10 - 2019-08-20 - Philip S. Bates - Mt Keith
#11 - 2019-08-23 - Michael Gosnell - Emerald Pk
The SPS Emblem can be obtained by climbing 25 peaks on the list, including 10 emblem peaks, and be a SPS member in good standing.
#591 - 2014-07-29 - Michael Gosnell - North Palisade
#592 - 2014-07-29 - Brent Crookham - North Palisade
#593 - 1992-09-06 - Bob Pickering - Mt Goddard
#594 - 1980 - Ron Webber - Mt Abbot
#595 - 2018-07-02 - Sandra Hao - Mt Brewer
#596 - 2016-09-16 - Chris Guido - Mt Lyell
#597 - 2016-09-24 - Philip S. Bates - Mt Brewer
#598 - 2018-08-22 - JD Morris - Mt Clarence King
#599 - 2023-07-15 - Jon Hershman - Mt Goddard
#600 - 2011-10-02 - Tom McDonnell - Mt Humphreys
2x #9 - 2014-06-22 - Daryn Dodge - Mt Williamson
The Senior Emblem can be obtained by being an Emblem holder for one year, climb 100 peaks on the Peaks List, including all of the emblem peaks, 15 or more of the mountaineers peaks and 2 or more peaks from each of the 24 geographical areas.
#145 - 2014-07-26 - Bob Wyka - Split Mtn
#146 - 2014-08-10 - Kathy Rich - Stanford Nth
#147 - 2014-09-04 - Neal Robbins - Mt Tallac
#148 - 2015-08-11 - Alvin Walter - Mt Darwin
#149 - 2015-08-08 - Eric Abbott - Mt Humphreys
#150 - 2014-07-25 - Bob Pickering - Vandever Mt
#151 - 2019-10-13 - Keith Christensen - Mt Lola
#152 - 2018-08-22 - JD Morris - Mt. Clarence King
#153 - 2022-08-12 - Philip S Bates - Mt. Clarence King
2x #8 - 2018-07-02 - Daryn Dodge - Mt Brewer
The Master Emblem can be obtained by being a Senior Emblem holder and climbing 175 peaks on the Peaks List, including all the emblem peaks, 25 of the mountaineers peaks and 4 or more peaks from each of the 24 geographical areas.
#84 - 2015-09-26 - Bob Pickering - Mt Jordan
#85 - 2016-10-10 - Alvin Walter - Mt Ruskin
#86 - 2018-08-05 - Christine Mitchell - Three Sisters
#87 - 2018-08-25 - Kathy Rich - Sierra Buttes
#88 - 2020-08-08 - Neal Robbins - West Vidette
#89 - 2020-07-21 - Keith Christensen - Stanislaus Peak
#90 - 2019-8-24 - JD Morris - Arrow Pk
2x #6 - 2018-07-27 - Ron Bartell - Tinker Knob
2x #7 - 2019-08-04 - Daryn Dodge - Red Slate Mtn
3x #3 - 2014-08-01 - Tina Bowman - Starr King
#77 - 2016-09-24 - Shane Smith - Tehipite Dome
#78 - 2018-09-23 - Bart O'Brien - Mt McGee
#79 - 2019-09-22 - Bob Pickering - Iron Mtn
#80 - 2021-10-09 - Paul Garry - Granite Chief
#81 - 2020-08-15 - JD Morris - University Peak
#82 - 2022-08-27 - Kathy Rich - Kearsarge Peak
The Second List Completion can be obtained by climbing all of the peaks on the current Peaks List two times.
#5 - 2020-09-05 - Corrine Livingston - Point Powell
#6 - 2022-08-27 - Daryn Dodge - Kearsarge Peak
The Third and Subsequent List Completions can be obtained by climbing all of the peaks on the current Peaks List three or more times.
List Completion #3 - 2019-10-19 - Tina Bowman - San Joaquin Mountain
List Completion #8 - 2019-09-23 - Doug Mantle - Mt Goddard
Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem: A member of the section who has climbed fifty peaks not on the Sierra Peaks List, who has been a section member for at least one year, and who applies to the Secretary in writing by listing the peaks, their elevation, map source and quadrant, nearest Sierra Peaks List peak, GNIS database verification as a summit, and the dates climbed shall be awarded the Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem. Peaks must be located in the Sierra Nevada; be north of Hwy 178, south of Hwy 36, and west of Hwy 395; and be a minimum of 7000' in elevation. A peak must be in the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database, which is the standard for peak identification, or be named with its own entry (not listed by elevation only) in R.J. Secor’s book The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails. Note that some peaks in the GNIS database are not named on 7.5- or 15-minute topographical maps. GNIS status can be verified at https://geonames.usgs.gov/. HPS peaks are not allowed to avoid overlap. Members may submit up to five peaks that do not strictly fall within the requirements if enough evidence is provided to demonstrate to the Emblem Committee that each is worthy of inclusion; the committee may or may not accept any or all of these peaks. (Emblem created January 2012).
Multiple Andy Smatko Explorer Emblems: A person who has earned the Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem may earn it a second or subsequent time. Apply to the Emblem Committee with your original list of fifty peaks with all the required information and your list of fifty different peaks with all the qualifying information included (a spread sheet for each is helpful). Make sure no peak is repeated on your second or subsequent list and that all required information is given. (Approved February 2019)
The Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem (established in January 2012) has been awarded to: Barbara Lilley, Ron Bartell, Terry Flood, Fred Johnson, Doug Mantle, Jerry Keating, Franklin Meyers, Sue Henney, Vic Henney, Daryn Dodge, Gordon MacLeod, Erik Siering, Ralph Wright and Bob Pickering. More recent additions:
19 = 2018-09-12 = Kathy Rich = Mt Price
20 = 2018-10-20 = Anne Mullins = Smatko Peak
21 = 2004-09-26 = Bart O'Brien = Mt Ansel Adams
22 = 2000-08-15 = Signe Swensen = Parsons Peak
23 = 2011-08 = Philip S. Bates = Finger Peaks
24 = 2020-09-03 = Tina Bowman = Mt Versteeg
25 = 2021-08-02 = Greg Gerlach = Starlight Peak
26 = 2021-06-27 = John Hooper = Hiram Peak
27 = 2021-10-10 = Christine Mitchell = Markleeville Peak
Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem #2
01 = 2019-07-24 = Signe Swensen = Echo Peak
02 = 2020-08-13 = Will Whitney = Gold Star Peak
03 = 2020-06-27 = Bob Pickering = Cirque Mtn
04 = 2020-08-07 = Daryn Dodge = Polychrome Peak
05 = 2020-09-01 = Ron Bartell = Chittenden Peak
06 = 2021-05-23 = Philip S Bates = Victoria Peak
07 = 2022-05-28 = Paul Garry = Peavine Peak
Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem #3
01 = 1999-10-24 = Bob Pickering = Cleaver Peak
Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem #4
01 = 2021-06-05 = Bob Pickering = Wotan's Throne
Andy Smatko Explorer Emblem #5
01 = 2021-12-01 = Bob Pickering = Indian Rock
Andy Smatko Explorer #6
01 = 2023-09-13 = Bob Pickering = Brown Rock
Send notification to the SPS Secretary and SPS Archivist.
To purchase awards merchandise - Emblem pins ($15.00), senior emblem pins ($15.00), master emblem pins ($15.00), list finisher pins (S15.00), and section patches ($2.00) please contact the SPS Merchandiser.
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Webmaster admin notes: List of names on this page was purged on 3/10/19 to remove names no longer considered "recent".