This page documents a few backcountry trips and routes that don't involve significant technical climbing. A few of these are serious wilderness outings that require a fair bit of skill and comfort in remote backcountry. Others are mellow trips that require much less commitment.
Mountain High Routes and Traverses
One of my favorite types of adventure for a few years. Generally these are non-technical to semi-technical routes that follow a combination of trails and cross country travel, attempting to stay on the highest feasible terrain along the crests of my favorite mountain ranges.
Southern Sierra High Route. An extension of the Sierra High Route that extends the hiking into the highest peaks of the Sierra. A stunning combination of on and off trail hiking among the highest peaks and ridges in the continental US. Completed in 2014 with Alan Dixon.
Wind River High Route. A fantastic, week-long, high alpine hiking traverse of the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Trip report, video, route description, gear lists and maps. Completed in 2013 with Alan Dixon.
Sierra High Route. Route notes and photos after completing the entire SHR. Completed over multiple trips from 2011 to 2014.
Climbs - Rock and Alpine
Frogland, Red Rock, NV. Excellent, moderate climbing in one of the best climbing locales anywhere.
Tenaya Peak, Northwest Buttress. A long, mostly easy route in a spectacular setting near Tuolomne Meadows.
Bear Creek Spire, Northeast Ridge. Super climbing, mostly quite easy, in a great setting high on this 13.700 foot peak.
Cathedral Peak, Southeast Buttress. Simply one the finest alpine rock climbs you'll find anywhere on the planet.
Mount Lyell, Yosemite National Park. The highest peak in Yosemite.
Finger Rock, Santa Catalina Mountains, near Tucson. A short but iconic pinnacle near our home in Tucson.
Packrafting Escalante Canyon. A great introduction to packrafting in the spectacular canyons of southern Utah. Easy paddling and gorgeous hiking. Requires some moderate navigation skills. Maps, video, and helpful links provided.
Traversing the Talkeetna Range, Central Alaska. A serious and committing packrafting and hiking route. This trip connected rafting on the Talkeetna and Susitna Rivers with some remote travel across Alaskan tundra and ridges. Big wilderness.
Backpacking Trips and Hikes
Tucson Mountain Traverse. A mostly ridge traverse of my local range, the beautiful Tucson Mountains. This climbs the three best peaks in the range, Sombrero Peak, Wasson Peak and Antenna Peak, and ends at Ajo Way. Completed in January 2014.
Cathedral Rock, Santa Catalina Mountains. A challenging hike to the best summit in the Santa Catalina Range, near our home in Tucson, Arizona.
Summer in the Grand Canyon. Hermit Trail to Bright Angel. An easy, partial loop hike that we did over five lazy days in the dead of the summer. A memorable adventure with our two girls.