Dry Creek Spires (~4,000′) – Multi-pitch Trad Climbing

The Dry Creek Spires are a collection of three unique rock formations located in Sedona, northern Arizona. Situated below the west face of Thunder Mountain, they include Dry Creek Spire, the Beer Bottle, and Corndog Spire. The tallest of the three is Dry Creek Spire, requiring 3 or 4 pitches … Continue reading…

Queen Victoria Spire (5,331′) via Regular Route (3-pitch 5.7+ Trad Climb)

Queen Victoria Spire is a 5,331-foot (1,625-meter) peak located in Sedona, northern Arizona. Of the fantastically shaped red-rock towers aligned atop Schnebly Hill, it boasts the most slender geometry. It stands immediately adjacent to Pointed Dome, whose bulbous form contrasts starkly with the needle-like profile of Queen Vic. The circular … Continue reading…

Frigid Air Buttress (~5,400′) via Normal Route (9-pitch 5.9 Trad Climb)

Frigid Air Buttress is a ~5,400-foot (~1,646-meter) formation located among the cliffs of Red Rock Canyon in southern Nevada. A prominent sight along the Red Rock Scenic Byway, it rises more than one thousand feet sheer from the frosty floor of Ice Box Canyon. The canyon and buttress are both … Continue reading…

South Castle Tower (4,500′) via North Face (4-pitch 5.7 Trad Climb)

South Castle Tower is a 4,500-foot (1,372-meter) rock formation located the Sedona region of northern Arizona. It stands 400 feet tall above the north edge of Oak Creek Village, completely detached from Castle Rock in a way that captivates the eye. This fin-shaped spire is a prominent landmark when viewed … Continue reading…

Mount Williamson (14,375′) via West Face (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Williamson is a 14,375-foot (4,382-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is the second-highest mountain in California (after Mount Whitney), and the sixth-highest in the continental United States. It anchors the northern end of a remarkable chain of Fourteeners that extends from Mount Langley northward along … Continue reading…

Mount Gould (13,005′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Gould is a 13,005-foot (3,964-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Its massive, double-peaked summit rises directly north of Kearsarge Pass, a popular hiking destination near the town of Independence. Despite being flanked by loose scree on all sides, the top of the mountain is an attractive … Continue reading…

Donahue Peak (12,023′) via Southwest Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Donahue Peak is a 12,023-foot (3,665-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though not particularly aesthetic, it offers an incredible perspective not only of the highest peaks in Yosemite National Park, but also of the iconic Ritter Range backcountry. Given that both regions were beloved stomping grounds of … Continue reading…

Mount Sill (14,153′) via Southwest Chutes (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Sill is a 14,153-foot (4,314-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is considered a highly sacred mountain for the Northern Paiute Indians, who named it Nen-i-mish, meaning “Guardian of the Valley”. It is also sacred for mountaineers for its offering of classic alpine routes as well … Continue reading…

Gaylor Peak (11,004′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Gaylor Peak is a 11,004-foot (3,354-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though small in elevation compared to the major peaks of Yosemite National Park, it is significant because of its steep rise above Tioga Pass. Its stark ridgeline of bright red metamorphic rock is a prominent feature … Continue reading…

Excelsior Peak (12,246′) via Excelsior Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Excelsior Mountain is a 12,246-foot (3,733-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It stands just within the northeast boundary of Yosemite National Park, and offers a unique perspective on the iconic features of that spectacular area. The mountain is composed of Jurassic- and Triassic-aged metavolcanic rocks that give … Continue reading…