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 […]

Redcloud and Sunshine Peak

Redcloud Peak 14034′ and Sunshine Peak 14001′ Colorado 14ers Total Time: 6.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 4500′ Crux: Class III (Class II if you go down the correct gully) Trailhead: Southfork of Silver Creek/ Grizzly Basin Continued… The last day of my four day stretch in Colorado would be another double header, […]

Wetterhorn and Uncompahgre

Wetterhorn Peak 14016′ and Uncompahgre Peak 14308′ Colorado 14er Total Time: 10.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 6450′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Matterhorn Creek (lower 4WD TH) Continued… Uncompahgre is the highest mountain in the San Juans, and 6th highest in all of Colorado. It’s north face is a wall of dramatic cliffs, […]

Handies Peak

Handies Peak 14058′ Colorado 14er 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 […]

Wilson Peak

Wilson Peak 14,017′ and Gladstone Peak 13,919′ Colorado 14er Total Time: 13 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 11.1 Elevation Gain: 5250′ Crux: Class III Trailhead: Rock of Age Trail The San Juans of Colorado feature over a dozen summits over 14,000′, including 3 summits in the Wilson Group, which some argue are some of the most difficult […]

Crystal Crag

Crystal Crag 10377′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 2:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1400′ Crux: Class IV Trailhead: Crystal Lake Trailhead at Lake George The Sierra Nevada, which I once considered my home range, had been neglected for over a year since moving to Arizona. I made promises to myself that I would make […]

Breithorn

Breithorn 4,164 m, Breithorn Central (Mittelgipfel) 4,160 m and Gobba di Rollin 3,899 m Continued….. After being stymied on Allalinhorn from crevasses, I was hoping to find better success out of Zermatt, the climbing hub of the major Swiss summits, which would hopefully translate into better defined routes even in this horrible spring. I arrived […]