Elevation: 8,467 ft
GPS: 35.966, -115.502 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Lewis on Jul 5, 2012
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Description

Mount Potosi has at least a few different areas for sport climbing. The most prominent is the Clear Light Cave. There is also the Buena Vista wall, and maybe more by now. This area is relatively secluded and not very populated. The limestone is of relatively good quality. There are a plethora of routes from at least 5.10 to 5.14, with potential for harder routes.

Getting There

When driving west from Las Vegas on 160 toward Pahrump, you will take a left on an obvious dirt road about 6.0 miles west of the intersection of 160 and 159 - this is only about 1.2 miles west of the Black Velvet Canyon dirt road on the right, for reference.

See individual crags pages for their very different approaches on unpaved desert roads.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Potosi

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Ichabod's Poop Chute
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Full Count
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Little Mochi
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 16
Capt'n Stab'n
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Hop On Pop-Pop
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Clem Fandango
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Rocks Are My Friends
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 34
Whamo (1st anchor)
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
Kentucky Kid
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Ray Purchase
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 24
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Jack O'Neill
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Newtonian Mechanics
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Particle Accelerator
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 5
Caveman Ecstasy
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ichabod's Poop Chute W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Spit Roasted Wall
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Full Count W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Upper Deck
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Little Mochi W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Capt'n Stab'n W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > EnTRAPment Wall
 16
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hop On Pop-Pop W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Clem Fandango W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 9
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Rocks Are My Friends W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Whamo (1st anchor) E Side > Clear Light Cave
 34
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Kentucky Kid W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Ray Purchase W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor) E Side > Clear Light Cave
 24
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Jack O'Neill W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Newtonian Mechanics W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Story Crag Main Wall
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Particle Accelerator W Side > Old Spanish Tra… > Science Wall
 4
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Caveman Ecstasy E Side > Clear Light Cave
 5
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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