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…

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…