Alpine 88

Climbing Ruby Dome

Climbing Ruby Dome

Ruby Dome is the highest peak in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. I've heard the phrase "best kept secret" thrown around a lot when talking about different wild places, but the Ruby Mountains truly earn the title. We visited this beautiful wilderness full of towering peaks and alpine lakes on 4th of July and only saw one other group. Brilliant.

Humphrey's Peak - Arizona State Highpoint

Humphrey's Peak - Arizona State Highpoint

he last few years have been slow climbing big peaks.  For 4 years I averaged 5 Alpine 88 peaks per year, then in 2015 that dropped to 2.  In 2016 I got my first with a guided climb of Mount Baker and thanks to a busy work schedule it looked unlikely a second was in the works.  Then we had a chance to head to Arizona a day early for our Grand Canyon Thanksgiving trip.  I seized it, expecting an easy and fun hike.  But the weather had other ideas.