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Ancient Chineese Secret S 
Annihilator S 
Atlantis S 
Baby in a Straight Jacket S 
Canned Heat S 
Captain Caveman S 
Caveman Ecstasy S 
Clear Moment S 
Countdown to Ecstasy S 
Crowtein  S 
Eggporkalypse, The S 
Fight Milk S 
Fresh Gum S 
Ghost Meat S 
GNC (Glued Not Chipped) S 
Hard Candy S 
Hold Your Fire S 
Lawnmower Man S 
Meat Tornado S 
Merry Christmas S 
Mijou S 
Mixed Emotions S 
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor) S 
Mon Pote Assis S 
Natural, The S 
Pappi Van Winkle  S 
Pearls before Swine S 
Power Windows S 
Pranayama S 
Pranayama Extension S 
Raging Canine S 
Ray of Light S 
Reverse Polarity S 
Rising Sun S 
Santorini S 
T2 S 
Touch the Sky S 
Turbulence S 
TYB (Try Your Best) S 
Whammo Extension S 
Whamo (1st anchor) S 

Clear Light Cave Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,300'
Location: 35.97023, -115.47424 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Mike A. Lewis on Jul 5, 2012


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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.

Getting There 

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 Mount Potosi area.

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

43 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Clear Light Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Clear Light Cave:
Whamo (1st anchor)   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   
Santorini   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Captain Caveman   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Clear Moment   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport   
Mixed Emotions   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 60'   
Reverse Polarity   5.14b 8c 33 X+ 33 E9 7b     Sport, 50'   
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