The 446-page 2nd edition of my Zion Summits guide is now available at: The book cover routes to nearly 200 different summits in Utah's most celebrated national park. This book is the ONLY one of its kind.

Rambles and Scrambles: A Peakbagging Guide to the Desert Southwest

The newly released and greatly-expanded second edition of my Las Vegas-focused hiking and scrambling guidebook, 'Rambles & Scrambles: A Peakbagging Guide to the Desert Southwest', is now available. The 403-page guide covers nearly 1,300 routes to almost 950 different peaks across the Desert Southwest. It features maps and lots of photos. The book is available through the following retailers: -Desert Rock Sports (8221 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas) -Flagstaff Climbing Center (Flagstaff, AZ) -And directly through me

Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Where: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Who: DB, Double-A, Jon Arnow & Devin Lebsack
When: March 2013

In March 2012, DB, Double-A and I enjoyed the ultra-classic Bright Angel dayhike from the South Rim to the Colorado River. It was such a blissful success that we recruited our new friend Jon Arnow, whom we met in the White Mountains of California, to join us the next time. He invited his longtime friend Devin and we all had a blast!

Icebox Canyon

Where: Zion National Park, Utah
Who: DB
When: April 2013

An unusual view into Icebox Canyon. Dig the nice alcove!

The Esteemed Zion Backcountry

Where: Zion National Park, Utah
Who: DB
When: April 2013
Another fine spring day in Zion allowed DB and I to summit another of the park's awesome peaks. This one, #157, proved pleasant (though steep, brushy and sandy) and with excellent summit views.

Mount Pisgah

Where: near Springfield, Oregon
Who: DB
When: July 2010

For the 4th peak of the day, DB and I hiked up Mount Pisgah, a dominating (yet still only 1,530 feet high) mountain near Springfield and Eugene. At the grassy top of the mountain, we encountered an interesting memorial to Jed Kesey, the son of Ken Kesey who had tragically died in a vehicle accident in the mid-80s. As I recall, Bill Graham ponied up the dough to create the memorial. Pretty cool stuff.

Dunderberg Peak

Where: near Yosemite National Park
Who: solo
When: June 2010

Dunderberg Peak is a healthy-size peak on the border of Yosemite National Park above Virginia Lakes. DB and I had failed on an attempt of the peak the previous June when she'd experienced some show-stopping AMS symptoms. This time, I set out alone for the summit while she hung back and enjoyed the lakes, the people-watching and the general sense of freedom that comes with the start of a long vacation. The roundtrip hike cost a whopping 2 hours and 25 minutes of my time. And the views were well worth it!