Alpine climbs and traverses I hope to do, from close to home in Washington to far and wide around the world.

Disclaimer: This list is by no means exhaustive.



  • Amphitheater Mtn (Pilgrimage to Mecca, Middle Finger Buttress)
  • Bear Mtn (North Buttress Direct)
  • Big Kangaroo (El Capitan)
  • Chopping Block (NE Ridge)
  • Colchuck Balanced Rock (Let it Burn)
  • Crooked Thumb
  • Cutthroat Peak (South Buttress)
  • Dome Peak (Grand Torino, Indian Summer)
  • Dorado Needle (SW Buttress)
  • Dragontail Peak (Triple Couloirs, Backbone Arete)
  • Early Morning Spire (SW Face)
  • Exfoliation Dome (Blueberry Buttress)
  • Mt. Fury (NE Face)
  • Gunsights (Gunrunner Traverse, East Face of Middle Gunsight)
  • Himmelgeisterhorn (Wild Hair Crack)
  • Hozomeen (NW Buttress of SW Peak)
  • Illusion Wall (Excalibur)
  • Ingalls Peak (South Ridge)
  • Liberty Bell (Thin Red Line)
  • Nooksack Tower (Beckey-Schmidtke Route)
  • Phantom
  • Prusik Peak (Der Sportsman)
  • South Early Winter Spire (Hitchhiker (again))
  • Sharkfin Tower (SE Ridge or S Face)
  • Sherpa Peak (North Ridge & Balanced Rock)
  • Mt. Stuart (NE Face)
  • Swiss Peak (NE Face, Central Pillar)
  • Whine Spire (Gato Negro)
  • Whitehorse Mtn (Whitehorse Glacier)
Trips with multiple summits:
  • Austera-Klawatti-Primus-Tricouni-Dorado Needle
  • Arriva-Fisher-Silent Lakes
  • Bacon-Hagen-Blum
  • Buckindy Traverse
  • Chimney-Overcoat
  • Index-Baring Traverse
  • Maude-Seven Fingered Jack-Fernow
  • Ragged Ridge Traverse (Mesahchie-Katsuk-Kimtah)
  • Ruth-Icy
  • Pasayten trip (MMG Traverse, SE Buttress Cathedral Peak, Pilgrimage to Mecca or Middle Finger Buttress on Amphitheater Mtn)
  • Pickets Traverse (so good I'd do it again)

  • Chehalis Range (lots of stuff I want to check out on Viennese, Clarke, Grainger, and Bardean...)
  • The Deacon (Sentinel Direct)
  • Grimface (North Direct or North Buttress or MMG Traverse)
  • Squamish (Right Wing, High Plains Drifter, Parallel Passages, Life on Earth (Mt. Habrich), The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers (Mt. Habrich), Grand Wall to Black Dike, lots of others...)

And many, many others....

  • Assiniboine
  • Bugaboos: Crescent Spire (McTech Arete, Paddle Flake Direct), Pigeon Spire (Cooper-Kor)
  • Combatant (Skywalk Buttress)
  • Devil's Thumb
  • Mt. Indefatigable (Joy)
  • Leaning Towers area
  • Mt. Louis (Gmoser Route)
  • Mt. Logan
  • Lotus Flower Tower (SE Face) 
  • Rimwall (Candle in the Wind)
  • Robson (Wishbone Arête)
  • Valley of the Ten Peaks traverse
  • Waddington (Bravo Glacier)
  • Yamnuska (Direttisssima)


  • Aiguille Extra Needle (E Face) 
  • Bastille Buttress (Beckey Route) 
  • Mt. Chamberlain (Sword in the Stone) 
  • The Citadel (Edge of Time Arete) 
  • Dragtooth (N Buttress) 
  • Incredible Hulk (Sun Spot Dihedral)  
  • Keeler Needle (Harding Route)  
  • The Needles (gotta go back) 
  • Temple Crag (Sun Ribbon Arête, Moon Goddess Arête, Venusian Blind)
  • Whitney Portal area (No Country for Old Men, Ghostrider, Bony Fingers, El Segundo Beckey Route, ...)
  • Yosemite: El Capitan (The Nose (again! and again!)), Half Dome (Reg NW Face (again!), Snake Dike), Sentinel (Steck-Salathe (again!))Middle Cathedral (NBD)Lost Arrow Spire (Lost Arrow Chimney)The Rostrum (NF), North Dome (SF), lots of others.... 

  • Warbonnet (Feather Buttress)
  • Mitchell (North Face Center)
  • Cirque Traverse (Pingora to Warbonnet)
  • Deep Lake area: Haystack (Major Dihedral), Lost Temple Spire (Separation Anxiety, North Prow, Southwest Arête)
  • Gannett Peak
  • Grand Traverse
  • Mt. Moran (Direct South Buttress)

  • Moab Desert Towers: Ancient Art (Stolen Chimney), Washer Woman (In Search of Suds), Moses (Primrose Dihedrals), Three Gossips (West Face), Owl Rock (West Crack), Dark Angel (West Face), Lighthouse Tower (Lonely Vigil, Poseidon Adventure), Priest (Honeymoon Chimney)Sister Superior (Yah Man), many many more...
  • Zion: The Spearhead (Iron Messiah), Moonlight Buttress (Clean Aid)
  • Indian Creek... (so many great routes to do)


  • The Diamond (Casual Route)
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison... (lots of routes look interesting)


  • Red Rocks... (so many great routes to still do, like Birdland, Dark Shadows (full route), Frogland, Challenger, Rainbow Buttress, Refried Brains, Community Pillar, Honeycomb Chimney, Epinephrine (again), Nightcrawler (again), Armatron, The Schwa, The Warrior, Inti Watana to Resolution Arete, Cloud Tower, Levitation 29, ...)


  • Mt. Hood (North Face or any route)


  • Needle's Eye (Threading the Needle)

  • Sawtooths (Finger of Fate, Warbonnet, etc.)

  • Brooks Range, Arrigetch Peaks (Pillar Arete, West Maiden Peak NB, Shot Tower W Ridge)
  • Denali
  • Foraker and Hunter

  • Dolomites, Italy (several routes...)
  • Matterhorn, Switz (got to get to the summit this time)
  • Eiger, Switz (just because)
  • Aiguille Dibona, France
  • Aconcagua, Argentina
  • Nepal area
  • Alpamayo, Peruvian Andes
  • Mt. Aspiring, New Zealand

And many, many others....

Also on my "to-climb" list are any climbs from Fifty Classic Climbs of North America (by Steck and Roper) and Fred Beckey's 100 Favorite North American Climbs (by none other than Fred Beckey). These two lists are provided below for reference. I have climbed a handful of these great routes, and have linked respective trip reports (if I have climbed via a different route, the link is given for the main formation rather than the route). Lots of great routes in my climbing future!

Fifty Classic Climbs of North America

by Steve Roper & Alan Steck, first published (hardcover) in 1979 by Sierra Club Books.

Poster I made showing color-coded locations of the Fifty Classic Climbs.

Alaska and the Yukon

1 Mount Saint Elias, Abruzzi Ridge
2 Mount Fairweather, Carpe Ridge
3 Mount Hunter, West Ridge
4 Mount McKinley, Cassin Ridge
5 Moose’s Tooth, West Ridge
6 Mount Huntington, West Face
7 Mount Logan, Hummingbird Ridge
8 Middle Triple Peak, East Buttress

Western Canada

9 Mount Sir Donald, Northwest Arete
10 Bugaboo Spire, East Ridge
11 South Howser Tower, West Buttress
12 Mount Robson, Wishbone Arete
13 Mount Edith Cavell, North Face
14 Mount Alberta, Japanese Route
15 Mount Temple, East Ridge
16 Mount Waddington, South Face
17 Devil’s Thumb, East Ridge
18 Lotus Flower Tower

The Pacific Northwest

19 Mount Rainier, Liberty Ridge
20 Forbidden Peak, West Ridge
21 Mount Shuksan, Price Glacier
22 Slesse Mountain, Northeast Buttress
23 Mount Stuart, North Ridge
24 Liberty Bell Mountain, Liberty Crack


25 Devil’s Tower, Durrance Route
26 Grand Teton, North Ridge
27 Grand Teton, Direct Exum Ridge
28 Grand Teton, North Face
29 Mount Moran, Direct South Buttress
30 Pingora, Northeast Face
31 Wolf’s Head, East Ridge


32 Crestone Needle, Ellingwood Ledges
33 Hallett Peak, Northcutt-Carter Route
34 Petit Grepon, South Face
35 Longs Peak, The Diamond

The Southwest

36 Shiprock
37 Castleton Tower, Kor-Ingalls Route
38 The Titan


39 The Royal Arches
40 Lost Arrow Spire
41 Sentinel Rock, Steck-Salathe Route
42 Middle Cathedral Rock, East Buttress
43 Half Dome, Northwest Face
44 El Capitan, The Nose 
45 El Capitan, Salathe Wall
46 Mount Whitney, East Face
47 Fairview Dome, North Face
48 Clyde Minaret, Southeast Face
49 Charlotte Dome, South Face
50 Lover’s Leap, Traveler Buttress

Note: Various sources give some variation in route grades and classes.

IV 5.8 AI3
V 5.8 AI4
V ice/cornices
VI 5.9 A2 WI3-4
VI 5.9 A3

III 5.2
III 5.7
V 5.8 A2 or 5.10
V 5.6
IV 5.7
IV 5.6
IV 5.6
V 5.7
IV 5.6
V 5.8 A2 or 5.10

II 5.2
V 5.9 A2
III 5.4
V 5.9 A3

II 5.6-5.7
IV 5.7
III 5.6
IV 5.8
IV 5.7 A3
IV 5.8
II 5.5

III 5.7
III 5.7
III 5.7
V 5.7 A4 or 5.11

III 5.7 A2 or 5.9
III 5.9
IV 5.8 A3

III 5.6 A1 or 5.9
III 5.5 A3 or 5.10 A2
V 5.9 A3
IV 5.9 A1 or 5.10
VI 5.9 A3 or 5.11
VI 5.11 A3
VI 5.10 A3
III 5.4
III-IV 5.9
IV 5.8
III 5.7
II 5.9

Fred Beckey's
100 Favorite North American Climbs

by Fred Beckey & Barry Blanchard, first published (hardcover) in 2012 by Patagonia Inc.

Pacific Northwest

1 Mt. Rainier, Kautz Glacier
2 Mt. Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
3 Mt. Index, North Peak
4 Mt. Stuart, West Ridge
5 Snow Creek Wall, Outer Space
6 Forbidden Peak, East Ridge
7 Mt. Goode, Northeast Buttress
8 Inspiration Peak, East Ridge
9 Mt. Fury, North Buttress
10 Mt. Baker, North Ridge
11 Mt. Shuksan, Fisher Chimneys
12 Slesse Mountain, Northeast Buttress
13 South Early Winter Spire, East Buttress
14 Mt. Hood, Yocum Ridge
15 Smith Rock, Zebra to Zion
16 Mt. Shasta, Hotlum Glacier


17 Mt. Deborah
18 Mt. McKinley, Northwest Buttress
19 Mosses Tooth, Ham and Eggs Couloir
20 Mt. Seattle

British Columbia Coast Montains

21 SquamishSquamish Buttress
22 Squamish, Angel's Crest
23 Squamish, Snake
24 Golden Klattasine, West Buttress
25 Mt. Waddington, Southeast Chimney
26 Mt. Monarch
27 Kates Needle

Canadian Rockies, Selkirks, & Bugaboos

28 Mt. Assiniboine
29 Mt. Louis, Kain Route
30 Eisenhower Tower, Dragon's Back Route
31 Mt. Lefroy
32 Mt. Victoria, Southeast Ridge
33 Mt. Athabasca, Silverhorn
34 Mt. Edith Cavell, North Face
35 Oubliette Mountain, East Buttress
36 Mt. Robson, Kain Face
37 Adamant Mountain, South Buttress
38 Ironman, Southwest Buttress
39 Mt. Sir Sandford, Northwest Ridge
40 Mt. Sir Donald, Northwest Ridge
41 Bugaboo Spire, South Ridge
42 Snowpatch Spire, Snowpatch Route
43 Snowpatch Spire, E Face, Beckey-Mather
44 South Howser, W Buttress, Beckey-Chouinard
45 Gimli Peak, South Ridge

High Rockies

46 Grand Teton, Lower Exum Ridge
47 Grand Teton, North Ridge
48 Mt. Owen, Crescent Arete
49 Mt. Moran, C.M.C. Route
50 Musembeah Peak, West Buttress
51 Fremont Peak, West Buttress
52 Pingora Peak, South Buttress
53 Warrior I, Northeast Face
54 Shark's Nose, Southwest Face
55 Cathedral Lakes Peak, Orion's Reflection
56 Elephant's Perch, The Beckey Direct
57 Little Cottonwood Canyon, The Thumb
58 Lone Peak, West Face, Triple Overhangs
59 The Flatirons, Third Flatiron
60 Eldorado Canyon, Ruper
61 Lumpy Ridge, J-Crack
62 Lumpy Ridge, Mainliner
63 Hallett Peak, Culp-Bossier Route
64 Spearhead, Sykes' Sickle
65 Longs Peak, The Diamond, D7
66 Crestone Needle, Ellingwood Arete

Sierra Nevada

67 Lone Pine Peak, South Face
68 Lone Pine Peak, Bastille Buttress
69 Whitney Portal Buttress
70 Day Needle (aka Hilda Crooks Peak), E Buttress
71 Mt. Whitney, E Buttress (aka The Peewee Route)
72 Mt. Russell, Fishhook Arete
73 Thunderbolt Peak
74 Cathedral Peak, Southeast Buttress
75 Daff Dome, West Crack
76 Fairview Dome, Lucky Streaks
77 Calaveras Dome, Sands of Time
78 Half Dome, Snake Dike
79 Washington Column, South Face
80 Charlotte Dome, South Face
81 Angel Wings, Wings Over Sequoia
82 Warlock Needle, South Face
83 Voodoo Dome, White Punks on Dope

Southwest Desert

84 Castleton Tower, North Chimney
85 Kingfisher Tower, Colorado Northeast Ridge
86 Zion Canyon, Touchstone Wall
87 Zion Canyon, Prodigal Sun
88 Granite Mountain, The Classic
89 Cochise Stronghold, What's My Line?
90 Cochise Stronghold, Moby Dick
91 Red Rocks, Frogland
92 Red Rocks, Dream of Wild Turkeys
93 Red Rocks, Crimson Chrysalis
94 Red Rocks, Black Orpheus
95 Tahquitz Rock, Whodunit
96 Tahquitz Rock, The Open Book

Appalachian Mountains & Mexico

97 Looking Glass Rock, The Nose
98 Mt. Washington, Pinnacle Gully
99 El Gran Trono Blanco, South Face, Baile del Sol
100 Pico de Orizaba, Ruta Norte

Note: Various sources give some variation in route grades and classes.


IV class 4-5
III  5.5
II-III 5.4-5.6
III 5.9
II-III 5.8
III+ 5.5
III 5.9
III-IV class 5 & steep snow
II-III class 4
V 5.9+
IV 5.9+ A1 or 5.11-
III 5.10a


IV class 4-5
IV 5.9 A1

IV 5.10c

IV 5.10c
III 5.9+
IV-V 5.9 A1
IV 5.7 possible rime

II+ 5.4

III+ 5.6-5.7
II-III 5.5
II+ class 4
IV+ 5.7
IV 5.7
IV 5.7+
IV 5.10b or 5.7 A2
III class 4
III 5.4
II-III 5.6+
III-IV 5.8
VI 5.8 A2/A3
V 5.10-
IV 5.10a

III 5.8

IV 5.8
III 5.7
III 5.5
IV 5.8
IV 5.10
II 5.6-5.8
IV 5.9
III 5.8
V 5.10 and A2
IV-V 5.11a-b or 5.9 A2
III-IV 5.9+
III 5.10a or 5.9 A2
II 5.4
III 5.8+
II-III 5.10a
III 5.9
III 5.8
IV 5.9+
V 5.11d or 5.7 A2
III 5.7

V 5.7 A1

IV+ 5.11 A0 or 5.10 A1
IV 5.10b A2
IV 5.8 A2 or 5.9+
III 5.7
III-IV 5.9
II class 4
II 5.6
III 5.9
IV 5.10c
IV 5.9+
III 5.7
V 5.9 A1
III+ 5.8+
V 5.9 A3
III-IV 5.9+ or 5.10c
III 5.9

II-III 5.9
IV 5.8 A2
IV-V 5.8 A2 or 5.10 A1
IV-V 5.5-5.8 A2
II-III 5.8
II 5.7 A0 or 5.10c
III 5.8+
III 5.8
IV 5.10-
IV 5.9
IV 5.10
III 5.9
III 5.9

II 5.8
IV 5.10c