Mount Gould (13,005′) via North Ridge (Class-3 Mixed Scramble)

Mount Gould is a 13,005-foot (3,964-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Its massive, double-peaked summit rises directly north of Kearsarge Pass, a popular hiking destination near the town of Independence. Despite being flanked by loose scree on all sides, the top of the mountain is an attractive … 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…

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…

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…

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…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section A (Laguna Mountains)

Section A starts at the Mexican border near Campo and winds through the low yet rugged Laguna Mountains. At mile 20 the Lake Morena Campground hosts the annual PCT Kickoff Party. Once across the interstate-8 the trail climbs 3,000 vertical feet into the serene pine forests of the Laguna Mountains. … Continue reading…

Malyovitsa Peak (2,729-m) via South Face (Class-2 Scramble)

    Malyovitsa Peak is a 2,729-meter (8,953-foot) mountain in the highlands of western Bulgaria. It accentuates the western half of the Rila Mountains, which are the tallest chain on the Balkan Peninsula (2,925-m at Musala Peak) and the highest landmass between the Alps and the Caucasus. Although Malyovitsa is … Continue reading…

Cordillera Quimsa Cruz: Trekking

  The Cordillera Quimsa Cruz (a mixed Aymara-Spanish name meaning ‘Range of the Three Crosses’) is a largely undiscovered realm of magnificent 5,000-m+ mountains located in the Bolivian Andes. Its western slopes are covered in thick ice-sheets, while its eastern slopes are carved by deep valleys that drain to the … Continue reading…