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
 7
Ichabod's Icicles
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Ichabod's Poop Chute
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Tempered Tantrum
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Full Count
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Capt'n Stab'n
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Guns and Provolone
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 30
Whamo (1st anchor)
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
80 Feet of Heat
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 21
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor)
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 9
Santorini
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 8
Captain Caveman
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 5
Caveman Ecstasy
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 3
Power Windows
Sport
5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b
 3
Reverse Polarity
Sport
5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b
 3
Annihilator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ichabod's Icicles W Side > … > Lower Cliffs > Clean Slate Wall
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ichabod's Poop Chute W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Spit Roasted Wall
 11
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tempered Tantrum W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Tantrum Wall
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Full Count W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > Upper Deck
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Capt'n Stab'n W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > EnTRAPment Wall
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Guns and Provolone E Side > Porcelain Wall
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Whamo (1st anchor) E Side > Clear Light Cave
 30
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
80 Feet of Heat W Side > … > Upper Cliffs > EnTRAPment Wall
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor) E Side > Clear Light Cave
 21
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Santorini E Side > Clear Light Cave
 9
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Captain Caveman E Side > Clear Light Cave
 8
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Caveman Ecstasy E Side > Clear Light Cave
 5
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Power Windows E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Reverse Polarity E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b Sport
Annihilator E Side > Clear Light Cave
 3
5.14c 8c+ 34 XI- 35 E9 7b Sport
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