Morning Glory Spire (5,310′) via North Ridge (Class-4 Scramble)

Morning Glory Spire is a 5,310-foot (1,619-meter) peak located in the Coffeepot region of Sedona, Arizona. Towering more than 800 feet above the valley floor, it is a jagged finger of brilliant red rock capped by a teetering block of glistening white sandstone. Collapse of underground layers at the base … Continue reading…

Man on the Moon (4-pitch 5.10b Sport Climb) – Upper Solitude Canyon, Mount Elden

Man on the Moon is a 4-pitch sport climb located in Upper Solitude Canyon on Mount Elden, northern Arizona. The trailhead can be found in a residential cul-de-sac at the end of Paradise Road on the outskirts of Flagstaff. The steep 45-minute approach leads up and through the fantastic realm … Continue reading…

Mount Sneffels (14,150′) via Blaine Basin (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Sneffels is a 14,150-foot (4,313-meter) mountain located in the San Juan Range of southwest Colorado. After Uncompahgre Peak, it is the second-highest point in the entire San Juan highlands. It is instantly distinguishable from all sides as a massive pyramid composed of fearsomely jagged volcanic rock. It is often … Continue reading…

James Canyon (3B-II Canyoneering)

James Canyon is an impressive slot canyon located just a few miles south of the city of Flagstaff in northern Arizona. Its seasonal river cuts deep into the thick Coconino sandstone formation, a trademark layer of the upper Colorado Plateau that happens to be riddled with cross-bedding and other aeolian … Continue reading…

Mount Hood (11,250′) via South Side Hogsback (Alpine Grade: AD-)

Mount Hood is a 11,250-foot (3,429-meter) active stratovolcano located in the Cascade Range of the northwestern United States. It is the highest point in the state of Oregon, located some 50 miles southeast of the city of Portland. It boasts a prominence of 7,700 vertical feet above the surrounding forested … Continue reading…

Pipeline Wall via Skylight Arête (3-pitch 5.8 Sport Climb)

Skylight Arête is a 3-pitch sport climb located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. It is one of the most popular routes on the Pipeline Wall, a section of towering conglomerate cliffs at the head of the glacial valley containing the resort town of Telluride. This wall is … Continue reading…