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…

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…