Mount Morrison (12,268′) via Northwest Ridge (Class-4 Scramble)

Mount Morrison is a 12,268-foot (3,739-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is a visually-arresting blade of resistant metamorphic rock with a several-thousand-foot wall that rises dramatically from the highway-395 on its north side. This impressive face has earned Mount Morrison the title The Eiger of the … Continue reading…

Mount Smuts (2,938-m) via South Ridge (Class-5 Scramble)

Mount Smuts is a 2,938-meter (9,639-foot) peak located in the Spray Range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is a dramatic shark-tooth peak composed of near-vertical strata of the Palliser limestone formation. Situated directly on the Continental Divide (also the border of Alberta and British Columbia), Mount Smuts serves as a triple boundary point shared by … Continue reading…

Mount Lyell (13,114′) via Lyell Glacier (Class-4 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Lyell is 13,114-foot (3,997-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Forming the southeastern edge of the Clark Range, it is the highest point in all of Yosemite National Park. It serves as a triple divide for the drainages of the Tuolumne River, the Merced River, and Rush Creek. The … Continue reading…

Fin Dome (11,693′) via West Face (Class-4 Scramble)

Fin Dome is a 11,693-foot (3,564-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It stands on the minor ridge separating Sixty Lakes Basin from Rae Lakes Basin, and is quite prominent when viewed from either basin. The easiest way to reach the summit is by the intimidating west face, which … Continue reading…

Mount Langley (14,042′) via Old Army Pass (Class-2 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Langley is a 14,042-foot mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is the southernmost of the state’s fourteeners, the last granite battlement before the lower arid foothills that descend gradually to the Mojave Desert. It is comparable in both height and form to Mount Whitney (highest point in the continental … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section G (Southern Sierra Nevada)

Section G of the Pacific Crest Trail introduces hikers to the Sierra Nevada, one of the worlds most magnificent alpine ranges. Starting at 5,000 feet at Walker Pass, the trail climbs over 8,451-foot Owens Peak, the keystone summit of the area and the first of the great granite castles of … Continue reading…