Mount Princeton

Mount Princeton 14,197′ Colorado 14ers Total Time: 4 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2650′ Crux: Class II Trailhead: Mount Princeton FR, parked at about 11,500′ Companions: Jacob Hyde Earlier this year, I was able to tag 6 Colorado 14ers in a 4 day sprint- Wilson Peak, Handies, Uncompahgre and Wetterhorn, and Redcloud and […]

Tom’s Thumb

Tom’s Thumb 3925′ McDowell Mountains Total┬áTime: 8 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1450′ Crux: West Corner- 5.2, Kreuser’s Route- 5.4 Companions: Alex Wallace Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH- trash, toilets, no water Before moving to Phoenix, my sister bought me the popular book “60 Hikes in 60 Miles from Phoenix.” As I thumbed through […]

Cedar Mountain

Cedar Mountain 7061′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 8.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1900′ Trailhead: Cedar Mountain Rd. near Desert View Companions: Holly Cedar Mountain, located in the Southeast corner of Grand Canyon National Park, is one of the few summits within the park that has the appearance of a true […]

Mount Hoffmann

Mount Hoffmann 10856′ Sierra Nevada Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2200′ Crux: Class I Companions: Justin Shelton Trailhead: May Lake- trash, pit toilets Continued…. Day 4 was supposed to be the big dayhike of Split Mountain, allowing Justin a chance to acclimate before the monster dayhike, and not killing ourselves […]

Morning Glory Spire

Morning Glory Spire 5310′ Sedona Total Time: 3 hours (a good amount of that was time wasted on a tangled rope) Round trip mileage: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1000′ Crux: Class IV (two pitches) Trailhead: Soldiers Pass, Red Rocks Pass required ($5) For the casual observer, Sedona may look like a rock climber’s paradise. With […]

Gardeners Wall

Gardener’s Wall 3740′ and Rock Knob 2740′ Total Time: 4.0 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 7.3 Miles Elevation Gain: 3450′ Crux: Class IV on Glass Dome, Class III on Gardeners Wall and Rock Knob Trailhead: Toms Thumb- restrooms, trash, no water The McDowells have quickly and quietly become one of my favorite ranges in Arizona. With large […]

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 […]