Mount Williamson (14,375′) via West Face (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Williamson is a 14,375-foot (4,382-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is the second-highest mountain in California (after Mount Whitney), and the sixth-highest in the continental United States. It anchors the northern end of a remarkable chain of Fourteeners that extends from Mount Langley northward along … Continue reading…

Mount Gould (13,005′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Gould is a 13,005-foot (3,964-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Its massive, double-peaked summit rises directly north of Kearsarge Pass, a popular hiking destination near the town of Independence. Despite being flanked by loose scree on all sides, the top of the mountain is an attractive … Continue reading…

Donahue Peak (12,023′) via Southwest Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Donahue Peak is a 12,023-foot (3,665-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though not particularly aesthetic, it offers an incredible perspective not only of the highest peaks in Yosemite National Park, but also of the iconic Ritter Range backcountry. Given that both regions were beloved stomping grounds of … Continue reading…

Mount Sill (14,153′) via Southwest Chutes (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Sill is a 14,153-foot (4,314-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is considered a highly sacred mountain for the Northern Paiute Indians, who named it Nen-i-mish, meaning “Guardian of the Valley”. It is also sacred for mountaineers for its offering of classic alpine routes as well … Continue reading…

Gaylor Peak (11,004′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Gaylor Peak is a 11,004-foot (3,354-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though small in elevation compared to the major peaks of Yosemite National Park, it is significant because of its steep rise above Tioga Pass. Its stark ridgeline of bright red metamorphic rock is a prominent feature … Continue reading…

Mount Keith (13,975′) via Southwest Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Keith is a 13,975-foot (4,260-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is named after William Keith, a celebrated painter of the early Sierra Nevada days who gained much of his artistic inspiration from backcountry trips with his dear friend John Muir. The fact that the top … 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…

Dragon Peak (12,995′) via South Ridge (Class-4 Scramble)

Dragon Peak is a 12,995-foot (3,961-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It gets its name from its appearance because it is comprised of a conspicuous chain of black metamorphic peaks that vaguely resembles the spine of a dragon in profile when viewed from the west. Gould Pass … Continue reading…

East Rixford Peak (12,800′) via South Face (Class-3 Scramble)

East Rixford Peak is a 12,800-foot (3,901-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It does not carry an official name, but looks like a twin of slightly smaller proportions to 12,877-foot Mount Rixford, less than one mile to the west and connected by a sharp ridgeline. This ridgeline … Continue reading…

Mount Wilson (14,250′) & El Diente Peak (14,160′) via Wilson-Diente Traverse (Class-5 Scramble)

Mount Wilson (14,250-feet) and El Diente (14,160-feet) are two peaks located in the San Miguel Mountains of southwestern Colorado. These two volcanic promontories belong to the greater Wilson massif, and are connected by a solitary knife-edge crest known as Wilson-Diente Ridge. Because of their remoteness and difficulty, these are often … Continue reading…