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Elevation: 8,467 ft
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Shared By: Mike A. 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. The dirt road takes you into an area with BLM toilets and signs - popular for mountain biking.

Follow the dirt road south (becomes 4x4) for about 7.7 miles from 160 and turn right (west) onto another dirt road - you will be heading up toward the hills. The road forks immediately - go left. Go uphill and at the next fork, go left again. At 8.9 miles from 160, go left down a steep hill. Go straight until it dead ends at a parking lot. A water catcher for birds is at the parking lot.

The road can be in very bad shape at times. You may have to park somewhere along the road when it gets worse than you like. There are some pull-offs. From here you can hike to the Clear Light Cave and Buena Vista.

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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.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
L.I.E.S. (Lies Intimidation Entr…
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Gestapo Wardens
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Ichabod's Poop Chute
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Tempered Tantrum
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Hissy Fit
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 15
Whamo (1st anchor)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Mijou
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor)
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Santorini
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Captain Caveman
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 3
Caveman Ecstasy
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 3
Mixed Emotions
Sport
5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
 3
Reverse Polarity
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
L.I.E.S. (Lies Intimid… W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > EnTRAPment Wall
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Gestapo Wardens W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > EnTRAPment Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ichabod's Poop Chute W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Spit Roasted Wall
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tempered Tantrum W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Tantrum Wall
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Hissy Fit W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Tantrum Wall
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Whamo (1st anchor) E Side > Clear Light Cave
 15
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mijou E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor) E Side > Clear Light Cave
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Santorini E Side > Clear Light Cave
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Captain Caveman E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Caveman Ecstasy E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Mixed Emotions E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
Reverse Polarity E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b Sport
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Is there any good camping near by? Oct 1, 2013
Mike A. Lewis
Estes Park, CO
Mike A. Lewis   Estes Park, CO
As far as I know, camping is illegal in the area of Mount Potasi. Jan 31, 2014
if anyone is going out to Potosi in the next two days (March 27 or 28) please get back to me on here. We left a small blue bag in the Sleepy Hollow area earlier today and would like to get it back if possible. Mar 26, 2017

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