Class III summit of Mount Conness.

Mount Conness

Mount Conness 12589′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 6 hours Round trip Mileage: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 3550′ Crux: Class III summit rocks Trailhead: Saddlebag Lake Companions: Justin Shelton Continued…. Day 3 I finally had some company. Justin, my best man, had flown into Vegas the night before and drove through the darkness to meet me […]

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Banner Peak

Banner Peak 12936′ Total Time: 11 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 19.0 miles Elevation Gain: 7126′ (according to my GPS, although this seems high) Trailhead: Agnew Meadows, pit toilets, water, trash, bear boxes. Shuttle required 7AM-7PM in the summer. Continued…. The second day of climbing in the Sierras would also be my last day solo, with my best […]

The North Face of University Peak. Route up the right hand side.

University Peak

University Peak 13589′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 9.2 miles Elevation Gain: 5800′ Trailhead: Onion Valley- pit toilets, water, trash, car camping After spending five years in California (really only four of them hiking and climbing seriously), I had climbed 50 of the 247 Sierra Peak Section summits, far from finished, but […]

Handies Peak

Handies Peak

Handies Peak 14058′ Total Time: 3.0 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2700′ Crux: Class I Trailhead: American Basin Handies Peak is without question the easiest 14er in the San Juans. From American Basin, the hike is less then 6 miles roundtrip with under 3000′ of gain. The hardest part is getting to […]