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MoapaPkRe: Exploring

MoapaPk

"The route on NCB was a bit more straight forward than described."

In what way? "{NCB is the} highest peak in the range, with a 15’ section of easy class 4 or class 3+."
Posted Nov 6, 2012 8:21 pm

mhengstExploring  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 3, 2012

mhengst

Climbed S Dove (Peak 2), Dove BM, and NCB with Jeff Atijera and Anne Kircher. Fun area.

The little 5th class bit on Dove BM wasn't hard but the rock is disturbingly loose and it requires you commit to it just high enough where it's really going to hurt if you fall. I went out on the face to the left instead of into the crack like cp. We put a #2 BD cam into the crack at the bottom and I used a #1 to backup the anchor up top as I didn't like the look of the previous slung rock.

The route on NCB was a bit more straight forward than described. We came over from the west side of Dove BM, went straight up the obvious gully, and climbed an obvious spot I thought and either high 3rd or low 4th. It's vertical but there's enough handholds everyone made it up and down though its certainly easier coming down if there's someone to point out the footholds. There was a possible longer route to the right that had a sling placed as a possible rap anchor. From there almost directly above that there was an easy 3rd class wall and you're up top.

http://firstchurchofthemasochist.blogspot.com/2012/11/castle-peaks-in-mojave.html
Posted Nov 5, 2012 1:42 am

ridgeard32302nd time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2012
Climbed Dove with Brandon back in 2007 but forgot to log it.
There is a solid anchor to protect the down climb.
Posted May 1, 2012 12:40 am

MoapaPkRe: Dove and NCB

MoapaPk

There is indeed an obnoxious bush on the "class 4" section of NCB, which makes the downclimb a bit blind. Fortunately, one can loop a sling over a very shallow projection at the top of the chute, then yank the sling off once down.
Posted May 18, 2010 11:13 am

Bob BurdDove and NCB  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2009

Bob Burd

With Matthew, did Hart Peak and Linder Peak in the morning, Castle Peaks in the afternoon. Trip Report
Posted Dec 9, 2009 9:04 pm

Dave DalyTick: Dove BM......#1 Scary Fin Is Next!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 17, 2009

Dave Daly

All plans (or "plans" we thought we plans) aside......Deb and I sought out this desert objective and found the crux to be reading someone elses directions. Well....for what its worth, we managed to make it to the summit. Short lived 5th class "gully". Got my eye on that cruddy fin!
Posted Feb 17, 2009 2:36 am

cp0915Couple Times

cp0915

First climbed Dove BM with 'day hiker' around about 2005. Went back 2-10-07 with 'MoapaPk' and bagged it again, then went over and bagged North Castle Butte.
Posted Feb 9, 2009 10:30 am

MoapaPkbeen there  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2007

MoapaPk

Climbed both Dove and NCB. Thanks to cp0915 for leading, when we were both sick as dogs.

Repeated Nov/09/2012 to scout for a club trip-- MH, thanks for the new sling. Free-climbed, used a handline on descent. Also climbed peak #2-- more interesting than I expected. Snow in the morning, so I was a bit worried about the rock. We popped a few loose cobbles out of Dove, just above and NW of the sling.

Jan 12/ 2013 went again to Dove and NCB. One guy popped out a cobble on the Dove crux-- be careful out there folks. There is a "wobbler" on the E side, near top, of the NCB crux; could not pry it loose.

The Dove register could use replacing +/or grease-- the can is rusting shut.
Posted Feb 8, 2009 6:33 pm

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