(Little) Granite Mountain

(Little) Granite Mountain 3,526′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 5:40 (with a large chunk of rock climbing a part of that) Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,300′ Crux: Class 2-3 (5.7 for Blue Sky on Pasta Wall) Trailhead: McDowell Preserve Granite Mountain Trailhead- no services In the less traveled northern portion of McDowell Sonoran Preserve sits […]

The Praying Monk

The Praying Monk 2,034′ Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 800′ Crux: 5.6 Trailhead: Echo Canyon, full services Companions: Holly, Emily, Alex Wallace The Praying Monk is a rite of passage for Phoenix rock climbers. Sitting on the northwest slopes of Camelback Mountain in central Phoenix, this free standing tower is named […]

Silver Peak

Silver Peak 8,008′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 9.8 Elevation Gain: 3,250′ Crux: N/A Trailhead: Sky Islands Trail Continued… Silver Peak in the eastern Chiricahua Mountains is one of the most remote P2Ks in the state. In the very undeveloped no-man’s-land at the southern AZ/NM border, Silver Peak is hidden from sight by […]

O’Neill Butte

O’Neill Butte 6,071′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 8:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 4.9 Elevation Gain: 2,010′ Crux: 5.0 Trailhead: South Kaibab Trail, full services Companions: Justin Shelton and Brian Joseph Along the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park stands O’Neill Butte, a prominent Supai sandstone summit admired by 1,000s of hikers each year. […]

Mount Davis

Mount Davis 12,303′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 2 days (backpack) Elevation Gain: ~8,000′ Roundtrip Mileage: 30.4 Crux: Class II-III Trailhead: Rush Creek, full services Companions: Holly Mount Davis is a 12K summit in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near the southeastern border of Yosemite. Serving as a backdrop for the Sierra’s famous Thousand Island Lake, the […]

Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak

Mount Shavano 14,229′ and Tabeguache Peak 14,155′ Colorado 14ers Total Time: 9 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 5340′ Trailhead: Shavano TH- 2WD, pit toilets Continued… Mount Shavano and Tabeguache Peak are two Colorado 14ers less than one mile apart. Shavano is the southernmost 14ers in the Sawatch Range, and most well known for […]

Mount Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu 4095.2 meters/ 13,435′ Rountrip Distance: 28km/ 17.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2229 meters/ 7,313′ Trailhead: Timpohon Gate, full services Companions: Holly Mount Kinabalu is a mountain of superlatives. By far the highest mountain on the island of Borneo and country of Malaysia, Mount Kinabalu juts over 4000 meters into the sky from sea level, […]