Category: United States

Scenic Phoenix: Exploring Piestewa Peak

Rising over the palms and the Pueblo Revival and “desert school” building designs of the city of Phoenix, Arizona, are the desert peaks that form the Phoenix Mountains. This winter I got to explore the second highest peak of the Phoenix Mountains, Piestewa, during my Christmas/New Year holiday. Winter is a lovely time for exploring …

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How Lewis & Clark Crossed the Rocky Mountains

It is nothing short of a tragedy to find just how little appreciation is given to the momentous feats of the souls who came before us, upon whose legs and backs our country came into its rightful greatness. The Lewis & Clark expedition of 1804 – 1806 is one such feat. In our world of …

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Mount Elbert: The Highest Peak in the Rocky Mountains

In the deep heart of the Rocky Mountains, just south of the alpine town of Leadville, a mountain known locally as the “Gentle Giant” overlooks snow-capped ranks of lesser peaks and hills. This is where she has lived for about thirty million years, and with any luck, the next thirty million years isn’t going to …

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Traversing the White Mountains’ Presidential Range

They say you are who you hang out with. For this reason, it is difficult to get a true sense of a mountain until you spend some time with its neighbors. Sometimes the character of one peak may be better appreciated after having explored others in the same range. You know what you’re looking at …

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How Big are the Rocky Mountains?

If you spend as much time as we do thinking about mountains, then there is a good chance that you have asked yourself the most pressing question that there is about any mountain, which is, quite simply, How Big is it? Our fascination with mountain landscapes is no doubt due to the sense of majesty and …

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Fun Facts about the Rocky Mountains

There runs through the heart of our country a mighty spine of rock … a jagged 3,000 mile wonder that separates the Great Plains from the Western Plateau, and the deserts of New Mexico from the woodlands of Canada. Truly, this is the Purple Mountain Majesty that we sing of, and the Rocky Mountain High that has …

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Standing Indian Mountain’s Monster is No More

The mountains hold so much wonder. I feel a billowing sense of wonder whenever I stand on a giant rock which was forced up by energy deep within the Earth to soar above the crust many millennia ago. A mountain top is a place to look around and gain a deeper understanding of the fascinating …

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Haupu Mountain

Haupu Mountain Haupu has an interesting background. It is named for a giant guardian who would watch for invaders coming to Oahu via the Kaieiewaho Channel. The legend goes that once Haupu mistook a fishing tournament organized by chief Kaena as an invasion, so Haupu threw rocks at the participants, hitting Kaena in the process. …

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Waialeale

Waialeale | Waiʻaleʻale | Mount Waiʻaleʻale Receiving an average annual rainfall of approximately 500 inches, Waialeale is often referred to as the wettest spot on earth. However “Big Bog” on Maui gets even more rainfall than Waialeale! It’s no wonder that the name Wai‘ale‘ale means “rippling or overflowing water” in Hawaiian. Hawaiian religious relics made …

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Kohala

Kohala Mount Kohala is Hawaii’s oldest above-water volcano. It is over one million years old, and has evidence of the reversal of earth’s magnetic field which happened 780,000 years ago. A massive avalanche slid off of Kohala some 250,000 to 300,000 years ago and spread debris 80 miles into the ocean. You can still see the sliced …

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