About Me

As a transplant from Buffalo, NY, I received my first big taste of the great outdoors of the West after a pair of cross country road trips in 2009 and 2010. After moving to Los Angeles for medical school, I started to explore my interest in hiking, and ultimately spent way too much time planning my next adventures into the Sierras, San Gabriels, and beyond.

When I learned I would be moving to Phoenix for residency at the Mayo Clinic, my first reaction (literally) was to start looking at the next set of outdoor adventures. However unlike Southern California, where you can find 50 write ups on an obscure peak in the San Gabriels, Arizona (aside from a few notable exceptions) was a bit more sparse. Thus led to the creation of this website, with the major goals being:

1.) Create fairly detailed trip reports of some of the more obscure and challenging mountains in the Western United States.

2.) Expose the beauty and adventure that can be had in the Sonoran Desert.

3.) Let my family and friends keep tabs on me.

Two years in, the website has gone from a smattering of random trip reports to nearly 100 trips, with information on climbs that have seen only a handful of summits in the past few decades, particularly the various buttes and spires throughout the Grand Canyon. I hope that this site will continue to serve as a resource for those looking to get off the beaten path and explore the various remote summits in the Western United States.

As always, I’m open to any comments and suggestions on any way I can improve this site. Thank you for reading!


-Christopher Czaplicki


  • Elliot Raimondo Reply

    Great idea and website Chris. I love how you have legitimized and made it convenient for me to creep on you.

    • Christopher Czaplicki Reply

      I did this all for you brother 🙂

  • Mark Reply

    Set as homepage: check.

  • Jacqueline Kaari Reply

    I am looking for a speaker on wilderness medicine and outdoor activity safety got a conference for pediatricians on April 16 in Phoenix. is that something you might be interested in. Please send me an email at kaari@rowan.edu. Thanks. Jacqueline Kaari

  • Robert Bozik Reply

    I hiked Gavilian Peak this morning, and when I came home I noticed your blog. I didn’t see the route to the summit like you explained, but I would really like to reach the summit. Please email me if you get a chance! Thanks, Robert

  • activityguideoperal Reply

    Your article is very interesting, thanks for the information!
    In France, there is some beautiful mountains with awesome landscapes ! With a lot of activities, like trekking, skiing, winter and summer sports etc.
    I also wrote articles about Pyrenees on my site: https://activityguideoperal.wordpress.com
    Best regards,

  • Jernel Reply

    Mmmm, I rarely ever comment on anything, but this guy seems legit.

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