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, […]

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 […]

Allalinhorn (failed attempt)

Attempt on Allalinhorn 4027 m *While I don’t typically write trip reports about completely failed summit attempts, getting beta on US sites on peakbagging in the Alps can be somewhat difficult, so I thought adding this into the mix might be worthwhile.  …..Continued After my failed attempt on Vorder-Grauspitz, I was turning my attention to […]

Hinter-Grauspitz

Hinter-Grauspitz 2574 m, and Kamm 2123 m Failed attempt of Vorder-Grauspitz The Vorder-Grauspitz is the highest summit in the small country Lichtenstein, lying on the Swiss border in the small Ratikon subrange. While not particularly tall by Alpine standards, it does feature a challenging class IV, somewhat loose summit ridgeline that have turned back many […]

San Jacinto 7-peak Traverse

San Jacinto 10,834′ with Cornell Peak 9,750′, Miller Peak 10,400′, Folly Peak 10,482′, Newton Drury Peak 10,177′, Jean Peak 10,674′ and Marion Mountain 10,335′ Total Time: 7.5 hours Roundtrip Mileage: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4000′ Crux: Class IV (Cornell) Trailhead: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway upper station: trash, toilets, dining. $25 + $5 for parking San […]

Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak 2269′ Total Time: 2:30 Roundtrip Mileage: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1100′ Class III Trailhead: End of N. Stetson Pkwy. State trust land permit required ($20/ year) Companions: Holly Since the inception of this web site, I’ve tried not to write up any hikes within Phoenix city limits. The majority of these are well […]

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 […]