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…

Pipeline Wall via Skylight Arête (3-pitch 5.8 Sport Climb)

Skylight Arête is a 3-pitch sport climb located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. It is one of the most popular routes on the Pipeline Wall, a section of towering conglomerate cliffs at the head of the glacial valley containing the resort town of Telluride. This wall is … 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…

Shangri-La of the Montana Rockies (Class-3 Scramble)

  Shangri-La is a hanging basin located at 6,500-feet of elevation in the Many Glacier region of Glacier National Park in Montana. Despite lying only a few miles from the popular Many Glacier Hotel, Shangri-La is accessed only by an adventurous scrambling route. There are no marked trails leading to … Continue reading…

Mount Galwey (2,348-m) via West Face (Class-3 Scramble)

  Mount Galwey is a 2,348-meter (7,703-foot) peak in Waterton National Park of southern Alberta. It is a sharp tower of buff-coloured shale rising above barren hills of bright red rock. The summit appears impossible to achieve without technical gear, but there is actually a weakness on the mountain’s western … Continue reading…