Hualapai Peak (8,417′) via Potato Patch to South Face (Class-4 Scramble)

Hualapai Peak is an 8,417-foot (2,566-meter) peak located in the Hualapai Mountains of northwest Arizona. It is the tallest peak in the range, towering more than 5,000 vertical feet above the small city of Kingman. The mountain complex is an isolated “island in the sky” consisting of cool conifer forests, … Continue reading…

Dragon Peak (12,995′) via South Ridge (Class-4 Scramble)

Dragon Peak is a 12,995-foot (3,961-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It gets its name from its appearance because it is comprised of a conspicuous chain of black metamorphic peaks that vaguely resembles the spine of a dragon in profile when viewed from the west. Gould Pass … Continue reading…

East Rixford Peak (12,800′) via South Face (Class-3 Scramble)

East Rixford Peak is a 12,800-foot (3,901-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It does not carry an official name, but looks like a twin of slightly smaller proportions to 12,877-foot Mount Rixford, less than one mile to the west and connected by a sharp ridgeline. This ridgeline … Continue reading…

Mount Wilson (14,250′) & El Diente Peak (14,160′) via Wilson-Diente Traverse (Class-5 Scramble)

Mount Wilson (14,250-feet) and El Diente (14,160-feet) are two peaks located in the San Miguel Mountains of southwestern Colorado. These two volcanic promontories belong to the greater Wilson massif, and are connected by a solitary knife-edge crest known as Wilson-Diente Ridge. Because of their remoteness and difficulty, these are often … 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…

Elysian Buttress via Original Route (5-pitch 5.8 Trad Climb)

Elysian Buttress is a 500-foot tall dacite cliff on the eastern flanks of Mount Elden, a 9,298-foot (2,834-meter) volcanic dome complex located in the San Francisco Volcanic Field of northern Arizona. There are a handful of multi-pitch routes on the buttress, the most classic being the Original Route, which is … Continue reading…

Mount Wynne (13,179′) via West Ridge (Class-3 Scramble)

Mount Wynne is a 13,179-foot (4,017-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is a massive pyramid of dark metamorphic rock standing on the east side of Pinchot Pass, one of the highest points along the entire Pacific Crest Trail. It is seen by hundreds of thru-hikers every … Continue reading…

Center Peak (12,760′) via Northwest Arête (Class-4 Mixed Scramble)

Center Peak is a 12,760-foot (3,889-meter) mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. The summit is situated on the far northern tip of the long crest separating the well-traveled Budd Valley from the secluded Center Basin. The mountain appears much taller than its actual elevation thanks to the prominence … Continue reading…

Junction Peak (13,888′) via West Face (Class-3 Scramble)

Junction Peak is a 13,888-foot (4,233-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. It earns its name from its position at the junction of the Kings-Kern Divide and the primary Sierra Crest. The roughly perpendicular confluence of these two subranges has produced pyramidal geometry that has subsequently been scoured … Continue reading…