Alps top 10 by reduced ORS
David Metzler, May 2009
Units in meters. ORS, RORS are accurate to roughly +/-15m or better.
Data courtesy of Jonathan de Ferranti.
Notes on the individual peaks follow the table.
Peak ORS RORS Ht Location Country Lat Long
Eiger 977 977 3970 Bernese Alps Switzerland 46.5833 8.0000
Matterhorn 976 970 4477 Pennine Alps Switzerland/Italy 45.9765 7.6579
Mont Blanc (du Courmayeur) 926 905 4748 French Alps France/Italy 45.8285 6.8699
Agner, Monte 810 810 2872 Dolomites Italy 46.2762 11.9529
Grandes Jorasses, Les 900 794 4208 French Alps France/Italy 45.8690 6.9885
Antelao, Monte 783 775 3264 Dolomites Italy 46.4518 12.2618
Weisshorn 810 751 4506 Pennine Alps Switzerland 46.1010 7.7163
Wetterhorn (Scheidegg Wetterhorn) 796 749 3361 Bernese Alps Switzerland 46.6449 8.1107
Meije, La 748 743 3982 French Alps France 45.0049 6.3085
Civetta, Monte 761 732 3220 Dolomites Italy 46.3804 12.0537


As a general note, I highly recommend as a source of information and pictures for almost all of these peaks. Much of the info below is from summitpost.

NEW: take a look at this rough Top 110 in KML format

For more about ORS and reduced ORS (RORS) see the main ORS page.

  1. The Eiger, while not even 4000m high, boasts the most famous north face in the alps, if not the whole world. This is a classic example of a peak ill-served by height (or prominence) listings.
  2. The Matterhorn is one of the most "spirelike" of the Alpine peaks; it is tall, steep, pointy, and rises above fairly low valleys. Like the Eiger, it has a classic north face. All of these features contribute to its superb ORS. Note that it beats its higher neighbor Monte Rosa, as it does in the popular imagination and among mountaineers.
  3. Mont Blanc: The highest peak in the Alps comes in very well, but not first, in terms of ORS. However the main summit is not the best point in terms of ORS, since it is a rounded dome. The subpeak Mont Blanc du Courmayeur, which stands atop the tremendous Freney and Brenva Faces, is the optimal point.
  4. Monte Agner is the highest peak of the Pale di San Martino Group. It has huge, classic North and Northwest Face routes: "Both routes are counted among the longest and highest in the whole Alps"
  5. In Les Grandes Jorasses, part of the greater Mont Blanc Massif, we find the last of the three great north faces of the Alps. They also tower over the low valley on the Italian side. Note the large reduction from Mont Blanc, which they almost beat.
  6. Monte Antelao is the "King of the Dolomites." (The higher Marmolada is the "Queen", however it sits in higher terrain and has a relatively gentle slope on one side). Like many Dolomite peaks, Antelao is steep, rocky, and pointy; it also sits close to the edge of the Dolomite uplift and so has dramatic drops to the nearby valleys. For all of the Dolomite peaks, note the low elevations---these peaks are totally, and unfairly, ignored by an elevation-based ranking.
  7. The Weisshorn is an almost perfect pyramidal peak which commands the middle Mattertal valley, over which it has 3000m of relief. Note the significant reduction from the Matterhorn.
  8. The Scheidegg Wetterhorn, a northern summit of the Wetterhorn massif (northeast of the Eiger), has a huge, steep northwest face which towers over the Grosse Scheidegg pass. This face is overshadowed in the region only by the Eiger Nordwand (which gives a significant reduction).
  9. La Meije is the second highest summit in the Ecrins group (see Barre des Ecrins, lower down) in the Dauphine Alps, narrowly missing the arbitrary 4000m mark. It is at the northern edge of the group and therefore towers over the nearby valley and the town of La Grave.
  10. Monte Civetta is one of the most famous of the Dolomite peaks: "Civetta north west face is probably the biggest rock face of the Dolomites" Note that it gets a substantial reduction from the nearby Monte Agner.