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…

Starlight Peak (14,200′) via Starlight Chute (Class-5 Scramble)

Starlight Peak is a 14,200-foot peak in the Palisade region of the Sierra Nevada, California. Its uniquely-shaped summit spire, accurately dubbed the Milk Bottle, stands only a few hundred yards northwest along the main Palisade crest from North Palisade itself. In July 2015, I climbed Starlight Peak with Max Burke via the Starlight Chute. … Continue reading…

Mount McAdie (13,799′) via West Face (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount McAdie is a 13,799-foot mountain located in Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada of California. Standing about midway between Mount Whitney and Mount Langley, it boasts an outstanding view from its jagged double-peaked crown. The North Peak is the true high point of the mountain, while the Middle Peak rises … 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…