Elysian Buttress via Original Route (5-pitch 5.8 Trad Climb)

Elysian Buttress is a 500-foot tall dacite cliff on the eastern flanks of Mount Elden, a 9,298-foot (2,834-meter) volcanic dome complex located in the San Francisco Volcanic Field of northern Arizona. There are a handful of multi-pitch routes on the buttress, the most classic being the Original Route, which is … Continue reading…

Humphreys Peak (12,633′) via Aubineau Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Humphreys Peak is a 12,633-foot (3,851-meter) peak located in the San Francisco Volcanic Field of northern Arizona. It is the highest point on the scoured remains of the now-extinct San Francisco volcano. It also carries the distinction of being the highest point in Arizona, as well as the southernmost mountain … Continue reading…

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…

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…