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…

Mount Cotter (12,713′) via South Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Cotter is a 12,713-foot (3,875-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It stands prominently along the dramatic granite ridgeline that extends from Mount Gardiner north to Mount Clarence King. The south summit is the higher of the two twin peaks that compose the Cotter massif. It is … 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…

Mount Agassiz (13,893′) via West Slope (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Agassiz is a 13,893-foot (4,235-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It anchors the west end of the infamous Palisades ridge, a chain of spectacular 4,000-meter peaks that comprises the most rugged alpine terrain in the state of California and also harbors the largest glacier in the … Continue reading…

Jackrabbit Buttress (~5,000′) via MysterZ (7-pitch 5.7 Trad Climb)

Jackrabbit Buttress is a ~5,000-foot (~1,500-meter) peak located in the Red Rock wilderness of southern Nevada. It rises from the mouth of Juniper Canyon, soaring two-thousand feet into the desert sky to a rounded summit midway up the greater Red Rock escarpment. There are several multi-pitch moderate trad routes on … Continue reading…

Courthouse Butte (5,451′) via Flip Wilson Route (3-pitch 5.10c Trad/Sport Climb)

Courthouse Butte is a 5,451-foot (1,661-meter) formation located roughly midway between the villages of Oak Creek and Sedona, Arizona. It is a very prominent feature from all angles, a massive pedestal held skyward by 1,300-foot cliffs of radiant red sandstone. It happens to stand above and just east of the … Continue reading…

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…

Unicorn Peak (10,910′) & Cockscomb Peak (11,065′) via Unicorn-Cockscomb Traverse (Class-5 Scramble)

Unicorn Peak (10,910-feet) and Cockscomb Peak (11,065-feet) are two adjacent summits located in the Sierra Nevada of California. They are part of the majestic Cathedral Range, a chain of spectacular granite peaks generally known as the “high country” of Yosemite National Park. These two peaks are connected by a singular … 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…

Man on the Moon (4-pitch 5.10b Sport Climb) – Upper Solitude Canyon, Mount Elden

Man on the Moon is a 4-pitch sport climb located in Upper Solitude Canyon on Mount Elden, northern Arizona. The trailhead can be found in a residential cul-de-sac at the end of Paradise Road on the outskirts of Flagstaff. The steep 45-minute approach leads up and through the fantastic realm … Continue reading…