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, […]

Mormon Mountain

Mormon Mountain 8510′ Arizona Alpine Flagstaff Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1300′ Class I Trailhead: Mormon Mountain Trail from Dairy Springs Companions: Holly As the temperatures rise in the valley, one of the few nearby escapes from the heat is up to the Flagstaff area to higher elevations. While […]

Mount Wrightson

Mount Wrightson 9453′ Arizona Alpine Total Time: 5:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 12.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4575′ Class I Trailhead: Madera Canyon: Old Baldy Trail; pit toilets, trash, fee required Mount Wrightson is the largest mountain visible from Tucson, rising to over 9400’ from the desert floor. It had been on my to do list for some […]

Cheops Plateau and Cheops Pyramid

Cheops Plateau 5401′ and Cheops Pyramid 5206′ Grand Canyon National Park Total Time: 15:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 25 miles Elevation Gain: 11,100′ Crux: Cheops Plateau- Class IV, Cheops Pyramid- Class III Trailhead: Yaki Point/ South Kaibab Trail. Water, pit toilets, trash, shuttle bus   I had been somewhat disappointed in how little I had made it […]

Battleship Mountain

Hackberry Mesa 2793′, Battleship Mountain 2797′, Yellow Peak 3061′ and Black Mesa 3097′ Superstition Mountains/ Tonto National Forest Roundtrip Mileage: 17.2 Elevation Gain: 3650′ Total Time: 10 hours Crux: Class III Trailhead: First Water Trailhead, pit toilets I hadn’t had a hike in a while that really kicked my ass- a sunup to sundown day […]

Mescal Mountain

Mescal Mountain 5047′ Sedona Total Time: 1:15 Round Trip Mileage: 3.0 Elevation Gain: 750′ Class III Trailhead: Long Canyon- trash, minimal parking Continued… In Sedona, it can be hard to find much solitude. As the outdoor Mecca of Arizona, trailheads overflow and summits are over run with tourists from across the world. The shorter hikes […]

East End

East End 4067′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 3 hours Round Trip Mileage: 6.0 Elevation Gain: 2150′ Class II Trailhead: Tom’s Thumb TH, water, bathrooms, trash Companions: Holly, Mark Sugi The McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale are somewhat of an anomaly to Arizona, a fairly young range with plenty of granite and some of the best. most […]