Pacific Crest Trail: Section G (Southern Sierra Nevada)

Section G of the Pacific Crest Trail introduces hikers to the Sierra Nevada, one of the worlds most magnificent alpine ranges. Starting at 5,000 feet at Walker Pass, the trail climbs over 8,451-foot Owens Peak, the keystone summit of the area and the first of the great granite castles of … Continue reading…

Mount Conness (12,590′) via East Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Conness is a 12,590-foot mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Guarded by sheer granite walls, its lofty pyramid is a dominating sight from all sides, boasting a tremendous view over Yosemite National Park. The Conness Glacier is harbored below its north face, feeding the multicolored Conness Lakes and the enchanting Saddlebag Lake … Continue reading…

Volcán Citlaltépetl (5,636-m) via Glaciar Jamapa (Alpine Grade: PD)

  Volcán Citlaltépetl is a 5,636-meter (18,484-foot) active stratovolcano in eastern México, on the border between the states of Puebla and Veracruz.  Also known as Pico de Orizaba, it is part of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. It is the highest mountain in México and the third highest in North America … Continue reading…

Volcán Osorno (2,652-m) via Southwest Face (Alpine Grade: AD)

    Volcán Osorno is a 2,652-meter (8,701-foot) active stratovolcano located in the Lagos region of southern Chile. It lies roughly equidistant between two large lakes, Lago Llanquihue and Lago Todos Los Santos. In a landscape defined by its amazing volcanoes, Osorno is the shining icon. Because of its remarkably … Continue reading…

Nevado Chimboya (5,489-m) via Ruta Normal (Alpine Grade: PD)

  Nevado Chimboya is a 5,489-meter (18,008-foot) mountain in the Cordillera La Raya, a seldom-visited range of the central Andes. It is located near the border of Cuzco and Puno departments. The city of Cuzco lies only 130-km to the northwest, but the 6,000-m+ Cordillera Vilcanota stands in the way … Continue reading…

Nevado Halancoma, Cumbre Norte (5,240-m) via Ruta Normal (Alpine Grade: AD)

  Nevado Halancoma is a 5,335-meter (17,503-foot) mountain in the Cordillera Urubamba of Perú. It’s ice-capped summit complex, a series of sharp promontories aligned north-south, stands over the Sacred Valley of the Incas as a neighbour to the loftier Nevado Verónica (5,822-m). Nevado Halancoma can be easily identified from the … Continue reading…

Huayna Potosí (6,088-m) via Ruta Normal (Alpine Grade: AD)

  Huayna Potosí is a 6,088-meter (19,974-foot) mountain in the Cordillera Real of Bolivia. Situated a mere 15 kilometers from the city of La Paz, it has been called the most accessible 6,000-meter peak in the world. That being said, the normal (and easiest) route holds a UIAA rating of … 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…