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Countdown to Ecstasy S 
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Mijou S 
Moment of Clarity (1st anchor) S 
Mon Pote Assis S 
Power Windows S 
Reverse Polarity S 
Santorini S 
Whamo (1st anchor) S 
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Clear Light Cave 


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

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.


11 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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'   
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Featured Route For Clear Light Cave
Caveman Ecstasy begins in a steep, orange recess just left of center and climbs all the way to the end of the roof, just below the small, left-most black streak. For perspective, two climbers in black are in the left of the photo.

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

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