Pacific Crest Trail: Section C (San Bernardino Mountains)

Section C is essentially a diagonal traverse of the San Bernardino mountains. With snowy peaks standing over 11,000 feet tall, this is the highest range in southern California. From Cabazon the trail climbs 6,000 vertical feet up Mission Canyon to the Coon Creek Jumpoff, a spectacular cliff set thousands of … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section B (San Jacinto Mountains)

Section B extends approximately 100 miles from Warner Springs north to Cabazon, a small community located at the notoriously windy San Gorgonio Pass. Starting in the low desert, the trail climbs up and over three small mountains (Bucksnort, Table and Lookout) before starting its grand traverse of the San Jacinto … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section A (Laguna Mountains)

Section A starts at the Mexican border near Campo and winds through the low yet rugged Laguna Mountains. At mile 20 the Lake Morena Campground hosts the annual PCT Kickoff Party. Once across the interstate-8 the trail climbs 3,000 vertical feet into the serene pine forests of the Laguna Mountains. … Continue reading…

Boney Mountain (2,828′) via North Face (Class-2 Scramble)

    Climbing old Boney Mountain is a rite of passage for any (reasonably fit) resident of the Conejo Valley. Looking south from the valley communities, its craggy northern peak (Boney Peak) is the highest point visible on the skyline. It is located in the western part of the Santa … Continue reading…

Mount Siyeh (10,014′) via South Face (Class-3 Scramble)

  Mount Siyeh is located in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. The view from the 3,052-m (10,014-ft) summit is arguably the finest panorama in Glacier National Park. It is the fifth highest mountain in the park; one of six peaks to reach above 10,000 feet. It is part of … Continue reading…

Shangri-La of the Montana Rockies (Class-3 Scramble)

  Shangri-La is a hanging basin located at 6,500-feet of elevation in the Many Glacier region of Glacier National Park in Montana. Despite lying only a few miles from the popular Many Glacier Hotel, Shangri-La is accessed only by an adventurous scrambling route. There are no marked trails leading to … Continue reading…

Clark Mountain (7,933′) via South Face (Class-4 Scramble)

  Clark Mountain is a 2,418-meter (7,933-foot) peak in the Mojave Desert near the California-Nevada Border. Located just a few miles north of the Interstate-15, it is the highest point in the vast Mojave National Preserve. Because it rises 4,000 vertical feet above the desert floor, it is an ecological … Continue reading…

Mount San Jacinto (10,834′) via Marion Mountain Trail (Class-2 Scramble)

  Mount San Jacinto is a 3,302-meter (10,834-foot) peak in the San Jacinto Mountains of southern California. It constitutes the highest point of the San Jacinto Mountains, forming the northern tip of the lengthy Peninsular Ranges that stretch down into Baja California. It is the sixth most prominent mountain in … Continue reading…

Yosemite National Park: Slacklining

Yosemite Valley is famous as both a rock-climbing destination and as a slacklining destination. The sport of slacklining as we know it is said to have originated among the early climbers in the Valley. Today, the world’s most daring highliners come to test their skills on classics such as Upper … Continue reading…

Cathedral Peak (10,911′) via Southeast Buttress (5-pitch 5.6 Trad Climb)

Cathedral Peak is an iconic feature of the Yosemite high country. At a height of 3,326-m (10,911-ft), it is the most visually arresting mountain above Tuolomne Meadows, and a popular objective of alpine climbing in the Sierra Nevada. John Muir, the first to ever reach the top, wrote in his … Continue reading…