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 […]

The Hand

The Hand- Razor’s Edge Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Round Trip Mileage: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1050′ Crux: 5.6 Trailhead: Cholla TH- pit toilets, trash. Companions: Frank Vers, Chris Curtis, Phillip Steele, Brandon Swezey, Susan Nader, AJ Chakraborty, Melanie Thomas When I moved to Arizona (and finally had my weekends free again), I decided […]