Mount Sill (14,153′) via Southwest Chutes (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Sill is a 14,153-foot (4,314-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is considered a highly sacred mountain for the Northern Paiute Indians, who named it Nen-i-mish, meaning “Guardian of the Valley”. It is also sacred for mountaineers for its offering of classic alpine routes as well … Continue reading…

Gaylor Peak (11,004′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Gaylor Peak is a 11,004-foot (3,354-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though small in elevation compared to the major peaks of Yosemite National Park, it is significant because of its steep rise above Tioga Pass. Its stark ridgeline of bright red metamorphic rock is a prominent feature … Continue reading…

Excelsior Peak (12,246′) via Excelsior Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Excelsior Mountain is a 12,246-foot (3,733-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It stands just within the northeast boundary of Yosemite National Park, and offers a unique perspective on the iconic features of that spectacular area. The mountain is composed of Jurassic- and Triassic-aged metavolcanic rocks that give … 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…

Mount Whitney (14,505′) & Mount Muir (14,012′) via Discovery Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Whitney is a 14,505-foot (4,421-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is the highest peak in the continental United States, standing tall above its royal surroundings as a fantastic castle of pristine white granite. It was named after Josiah Whitney, the first leader of the California … Continue reading…

Mount Keith (13,975′) via Southwest Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Keith is a 13,975-foot (4,260-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is named after William Keith, a celebrated painter of the early Sierra Nevada days who gained much of his artistic inspiration from backcountry trips with his dear friend John Muir. The fact that the top … Continue reading…

Miners Needle (3,648′) – Multi-pitch Trad Climbing

Miners Needle is a 3,648-foot (1,112-meter) peak located in the Superstition Mountains of central Arizona. A visually arresting edifice of peach-colored volcanic tuff, it towers high above the saguaro forests of Dutchman Flat. The Miners Needle massif, located 4 miles east of Peralta trailhead along the Dutchman Trail, is actually … 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…