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…

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…

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…

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…

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…