Mount Tyndall (14,026′) via North Rib (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Tyndall is a 14,026-foot (4,275-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It measures as the tenth-highest point in California. Although it is situated less than two miles west of its taller neighbor Mount Williamson, the east face of Mount Tyndall is a formidable sight: an arching wall … 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…

Mount Sneffels (14,150′) via Blaine Basin (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Sneffels is a 14,150-foot (4,313-meter) mountain located in the San Juan Range of southwest Colorado. After Uncompahgre Peak, it is the second-highest point in the entire San Juan highlands. It is instantly distinguishable from all sides as a massive pyramid composed of fearsomely jagged volcanic rock. It is often … 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…

Mount Hood (11,250′) via South Side Hogsback (Alpine Grade: AD-)

Mount Hood is a 11,250-foot (3,429-meter) active stratovolcano located in the Cascade Range of the northwestern United States. It is the highest point in the state of Oregon, located some 50 miles southeast of the city of Portland. It boasts a prominence of 7,700 vertical feet above the surrounding forested … Continue reading…

Mount Morrison (12,268′) via Northwest Ridge (Class-4 Scramble)

Mount Morrison is a 12,268-foot (3,739-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is a visually-arresting blade of resistant metamorphic rock with a several-thousand-foot wall that rises dramatically from the highway-395 on its north side. This impressive face has earned Mount Morrison the title The Eiger of the … Continue reading…

Mount Smuts (2,938-m) via South Ridge (Class-5 Scramble)

Mount Smuts is a 2,938-meter (9,639-foot) peak located in the Spray Range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is a dramatic shark-tooth peak composed of near-vertical strata of the Palliser limestone formation. Situated directly on the Continental Divide (also the border of Alberta and British Columbia), Mount Smuts serves as a triple boundary point shared by … Continue reading…

Mount Lyell (13,114′) via Lyell Glacier (Class-4 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Lyell is 13,114-foot (3,997-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Forming the southeastern edge of the Clark Range, it is the highest point in all of Yosemite National Park. It serves as a triple divide for the drainages of the Tuolumne River, the Merced River, and Rush Creek. The … Continue reading…

Fin Dome (11,693′) via West Face (Class-4 Scramble)

Fin Dome is a 11,693-foot (3,564-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It stands on the minor ridge separating Sixty Lakes Basin from Rae Lakes Basin, and is quite prominent when viewed from either basin. The easiest way to reach the summit is by the intimidating west face, which … Continue reading…

Mount Langley (14,042′) via Old Army Pass (Class-2 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Langley is a 14,042-foot mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is the southernmost of the state’s fourteeners, the last granite battlement before the lower arid foothills that descend gradually to the Mojave Desert. It is comparable in both height and form to Mount Whitney (highest point in the continental … Continue reading…