Donahue Peak (12,023′) via Southwest Ridge (Class-2 Scramble)

Donahue Peak is a 12,023-foot (3,665-meter) peak located in the Sierra Nevada of California. Though not particularly aesthetic, it offers an incredible perspective not only of the highest peaks in Yosemite National Park, but also of the iconic Ritter Range backcountry. Given that both regions were beloved stomping grounds of … 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…

Unicorn Peak (10,910′) & Cockscomb Peak (11,065′) via Unicorn-Cockscomb Traverse (Class-5 Scramble)

Unicorn Peak (10,910-feet) and Cockscomb Peak (11,065-feet) are two adjacent summits located in the Sierra Nevada of California. They are part of the majestic Cathedral Range, a chain of spectacular granite peaks generally known as the “high country” of Yosemite National Park. These two peaks are connected by a singular … Continue reading…

Yosemite National Park: Slacklining

Yosemite Valley is famous as both a rock-climbing destination and as a slacklining destination. The sport of slacklining as we know it is said to have originated among the early climbers in the Valley. Today, the world’s most daring highliners come to test their skills on classics such as Upper … 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…