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, […]

Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock

Courthouse Butte 5451′ and Bell Rock 4919′ Sedona Total Time: 9 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2300′ Crux: 5.6 on Courthouse Butte (South Bowl Route) and 5.8 and Bell Rock (Kamps Route) Trailhead: Bell Rock Vista- full services except water, Red Rocks Pass required Companions: Alex Wallace Sedona features some of the most impressive […]

Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle 4553′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 10 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3400′ Crux: ~5.5 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Peralta Trailhead- trash, pit toilets The Superstitions are the most legendary mountains in the American Southwest. A combination of federal and state land, the extremely rugged range is said the contain a the […]

Coronado Butte

Coronado Butte 7162′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 3.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.2 Elevation Gain: 2400′ (1100′ on the return) Crux: Class III Trailhead: New Hance Trail After Cedar Mountain in October, I assumed I wouldn’t make it up again to the Grand Canyon until the new year. But an unexpected trip north for […]