Clear Light Cave Rock Climbing
Sunny and shady walls. The deepest part of the cave almost never gets sun. The left wall gets morning shade. The cave gets morning sun. The right wall gets sun from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.
It is possible to climb at Mt. Potasi through the winter, though January through March can have some days that are just too cold - even snowing. Too hot in the summer (June through September).
Dan McQuade was the first person to develop routes in the cave around 1997 or 1998 - starting with the classic 5.12a, Moment of Clarity. Soon after, Joe Brooks, Brian McCray, Roxanna Brock, and Jared McMillan spent a lot of time in the cave opening new routes. Mike Lewis also added a number of natural routes in the 5.11 to 5.13a range.
The cave routes are mostly steep, long, and gymnastic.
Whether you disagree with the ethics involved in developing some of the routes, the cave is a beautifully majestic place to hang out and climb.
40 to 50 minutes. You cannot see the Clear Light Cave from the parking lot, nor during most of the hike. From the parking lot, follow the road west until it ends in the wash. Continue up the wash, following where other climbers have hiked. Stay in the wash until you can see the cave up to your right - follow a steep and loose trail up to the cave.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 7.9 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Clear Light Cave
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Clear Light Cave:
Featured Route For Clear Light Cave
Caveman Ecstasy 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c NV
: Mount Potosi
: ... : Clear Light Cave
This links Captain Caveman (12c) on the lower tier of the cave into Countdown to Ecstasy (13a) on the upper tier. While logical, it's not really any harder than Countdown because of the unavoidable rest before heading out the roof. Start in the corner to the right of Power Windows and climb Captain Caveman (45 feet, 6 bolts) to anchors below the enormous roof. Continue out the pocketed, gymnastic roof for another 40 horizontal feet passing 10 more bolts along the way. A brilliant pitch!...[more] Browse More Classics in NV