Pass Mountain

Pass Mountain North 3312′ Tonto National Forest Total Time: 3:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Windcave Trail in Usery Mountains Regional Park, $6 entrance- water, trash, toilets Companions: Holly Usery Mountains Regional Park is a small county park bordering Tonto National Forest just to the northwest of the Superstition […]

Woodchute Mountain

Woodchute Mountain 7840′ Total Time: 3 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1600′ Class I Trailhead: Woodchute Trail #102 Woodchute Mountain in Central Arizona is a broad plateau standing over Verde Valley. The remnants of an ancient volcano, Woodchute is one of Arizonas’s 73 summits with over 2000′ of prominence, a list I had […]

Miners Summit

Miners Summit 3516′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 6 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2500′ Crux: Class II Trailhead: Peralta Trail- pit toilets, no water Companions: Holly I had made a pre- New Year’s Resolution to stop dragging Holly on hikes that the overwhelming majority of people would not enjoy. Many of my objectives […]

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 […]

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 […]

Le Grammont

Continued…. For my last day in Europe, all I really wanted was some better weather, which was starting to seem like too much to ask. I briefly considered a climb of Dents du Midi, the highpoint of the Chablais Alps above Geneva, but the summer route certainly wasn’t in season and I wanted a bit […]

Le Prarion

Continued…. The night I arrived in Chamonix I received the unfortunate news from my guide- Mont Blanc was a no go due to avalanche risks, and that no one was heading up the mountain until at least the following week due to the poor conditions. I now had 3 rainy days in Chamonix to fill, […]