Best Desert Scrambles
Showing Ben Baumann's most recent ascent dates for climbed peaks (16 out of 103, or 15.53%)
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List DescriptionThis is a selection of the most fun scrambles and scenic routes in the desert southwest. Most peaks are rated YDS class 3, but a couple are briefly 5th class. The list is a work in progress and will be formally published when we are finished with our considerations.
What makes a desert peak fun is subjective, but the aim here was to seek out and identify exceptional scrambling and route-finding puzzles, while dismissing peaks with excessive loose rock, bushwhacking, and boulder-hopping. Obscurity and isolated settings were also highly prized. All peaks have at least 300 feet of prominence.
The list was a joint project by Stavros Basis, Adam Walker, Matthias Stender, Richard Carey, Andy Martin, Sam Grant, Steven Song, and Matt Lemke.
If you're looking for some harder objectives, check out my Desert Towers list.
Map Showing Location of Peaks
= Peaks climbed by Ben Baumann = Unclimbed peaksClick on a peak to see its name and a clickable link.
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