Streaker Spire (~5,040′) via Original Route (4-pitch 5.7+ Trad Climb)

Streaker Spire is a ~5,040-foot (~1,536-meter) red-rock tower located in Sedona, northern Arizona. It is the southernmost formation along the eye-catching string of pinnacles rising above the Chapel of the Holy Cross, the famous church built into the mountainside. One can derive many meanings from the name: the shape of … Continue reading…

The Hand via Razor’s Edge (3-pitch 5.6-R Trad/Sport Climb)

The Hand is a 150-foot-tall freestanding tower located in the Superstition Mountains of central Arizona, just east of Phoenix. A solitary fin of crumbly volcanic breccia that resembles its name from certain angles, it is perhaps the most prominent of the Northwest Pinnacles. There is a classic 5.6 climb running … Continue reading…

The Fin (5,667′) via Mars Attacks (4-pitch 5.9 Trad Route)

The Fin is a 5,667-foot (1,727-meter) peak located in Sedona, northern Arizona. It is the first prominent formation north of Thunder Mountain, tucked several miles up the Dry Creek drainage in an area of open red-rock scenery. Although the formation is known for a number of fine routes (including the … Continue reading…

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…

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…

Miners Needle (3,648′) – Multi-pitch Trad Climbing

Miners Needle is a 3,648-foot (1,112-meter) peak located in the Superstition Mountains of central Arizona. A visually arresting edifice of peach-colored volcanic tuff, it towers high above the saguaro forests of Dutchman Flat. The Miners Needle massif, located 4 miles east of Peralta trailhead along the Dutchman Trail, is actually … Continue reading…

Weavers Needle (4,553′) via West Chimney (4-pitch 5.5 Trad Climb)

Weavers Needle is a 4,553-foot (1,388-meter) peak located in the Superstition Mountains of central Arizona. It is actually composed of two adjacent towers, but their alignment when viewed from the north and south (the most common viewpoints) gives the appearance of a solitary dagger of dark brown rock piercing skyward … Continue reading…

Hualapai Peak (8,417′) via Potato Patch to South Face (Class-4 Scramble)

Hualapai Peak is an 8,417-foot (2,566-meter) peak located in the Hualapai Mountains of northwest Arizona. It is the tallest peak in the range, towering more than 5,000 vertical feet above the small city of Kingman. The mountain complex is an isolated “island in the sky” consisting of cool conifer forests, … Continue reading…

Courthouse Butte (5,451′) via Flip Wilson Route (3-pitch 5.10c Trad/Sport Climb)

Courthouse Butte is a 5,451-foot (1,661-meter) formation located roughly midway between the villages of Oak Creek and Sedona, Arizona. It is a very prominent feature from all angles, a massive pedestal held skyward by 1,300-foot cliffs of radiant red sandstone. It happens to stand above and just east of the … Continue reading…