Smith Peak

Smith Peak 5242′ and Bullard Peak 3124′ Harcuvar Mountains Total Time: 2:30 Distance: 8.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,750′ Trailhead: Smith Peak Road, high clearance, no services The Harcuvar Mountains are a long, remote desert range running from northwest to southeast about 1.5 hours from Phoenix. They are one of only a handful ranges in the […]

Mount Meru

Mount Meru 4562 m / 14,977′ Total Time: 3 days Distance: 38.5 km/ 23.9 miles Elevation Gain: 10,560’/ 3,220 meters Crux: Class 2/3 Trailhead: Momella Gate Companions: Justin Shelton, Adnaan Sheriff, Rob Frings Mount Meru is the second highest mountain in Tanzania and the fifth highest in Africa. Certainly a worth objective in its’ own […]

(Little) Granite Mountain

(Little) Granite Mountain 3,526′ McDowell Mountains Total Time: 5:40 (with a large chunk of rock climbing a part of that) Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,300′ Crux: Class 2-3 (5.7 for Blue Sky on Pasta Wall) Trailhead: McDowell Preserve Granite Mountain Trailhead- no services In the less traveled northern portion of McDowell Sonoran Preserve sits […]

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro 19,341’/ 5,895 m Total Time: 6 days Distance: 38 miles/ 61 km Elevation Gain: ~16,500’/ ~5050 m Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Machame Gate to Mweka Gate Companions: Justin Shelton, Adnaan Sheriff, Rob Frings For my 100th trip report I decided to go back and start writing up some of the bigger renowned summits […]

Fremont Peak

Fremont Peak 4180′ Superstition Mountains Total Time: 5:00 Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1980′ Crux: Class 3 Trailhead: Peralta Trail, pit toilets I had been neglecting the Superstitions since my big outing on Weavers Needle, and had yet to head back since the weather cooled down for the season. So needless to say, I jumped […]

Woolsey Peak

Woolsey Peak 3171′ Total Time: 3:00 Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2000′ Crux: Class 2-3 Trailhead: Agua Caliente Road, High Clearance required for the last 3 miles Woolsey Peak in central Arizona is a prominent dome shaped mountain on the skyline of Gila Bend and one of Arizona’s P2K summits. Visible from Phoenix and the […]

The Praying Monk

The Praying Monk 2,034′ Total Time: 4:45 Roundtrip Mileage: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 800′ Crux: 5.6 Trailhead: Echo Canyon, full services Companions: Holly, Emily, Alex Wallace The Praying Monk is a rite of passage for Phoenix rock climbers. Sitting on the northwest slopes of Camelback Mountain in central Phoenix, this free standing tower is named […]