Worldwide Ribus

According to Andrew Kirmse‘s excellent Fusion Table covering all peaks in the world down to a prominence of 300 feet (!), there are approximately 6637 Ribus globally. Because the current methods for obtaining elevation data remain imprecise, there are probably over 100 more, and perhaps as many as 7000 in total. Those identified at present include 8 in Taiwan, 58 in The Philippines, 16 in Australia (including 3 in Tasmania) and 68 in New Zealand (including 4 on the North Island).

On the image above, red circles denote Ultra-prominent peaks (the ‘Ultras’, with over 1500m of topographic prominence) and the pink circles denote Ribus. All Ultras are obviously also Ribus! Huge thanks to Andrew Kirmse for his pioneering work.

As of late 2020, a group of mountain lovers scattered across the globe are currently putting together a list of all the Ribus in the world, with information such as name, elevation and prominence. This may take some time! Current progress can be seen at the World Ribus project website.

If you would like to work out how many Ribus you have climbed elsewhere in the world, or check if a favourite peak is indeed a Ribu, there are three main ways you can do this at present:

1. Consult the ongoing World Ribus project website to see if the peak has been identified, checked and confirmed as a Ribu.

2. As Andrew Kirmse’s Fusion Table was discontinued as a format by Google in December 2019, go direct to Andrew’s separate website http://everymountainintheworld.com/ and be patient while the site loads (not recommended with an old mobile phone!) You can then explore the world and check the prominence of an unbelievable number of peaks (approximately 7.8 million!).

3. For those who are keen on raw data, go to http://www.andrewkirmse.com/prominence and scroll down to download the 106MB txt file of approximately 7.8 million peaks yourself.