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Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: From the SE Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2005  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

Headed up here on my way back to the Bay Area from Las Vegas, the final peak on a thoroughly enjoyable ten day tour of southern NV/UT. This was a spur-of-the-moment decision, so I had only the DPS guide with me for beta. The crux is finding the TH, as the DPS directions are rather outdated now. (I posted updated directions, including GPS waypoints, on the main page: link).



After thoroughly exploring the labyrinth of dirt roads around the mountain, I eventually went up via the standard DPS route, and was rather amused to find a rappel sling above the third class section (?!). On the descent, rather than returning via the headwall, I continued following the east ridge down to a very short, very easy downclimb to the easy slopes below the cliffs, then headed right to rejoin my ascent route. I highly recommend this variation--it's a great, airy little knife edge, with some of the best 3rd class I've found on a desert peak yet. Very enjoyable. Might even be easier than downclimbing the headwall, too.



Stopped at the Mad Greek cafe in Baker for dinner (presumably the best Greek food you'll find in the Mojave desert, but they don't really have the best gyros in the USA as they claim), and ended up stopping and sleeping in my car before Kramer Junction rather than continue fighting the relentless stream of holiday traffic. The drive back from Las Vegas on a Thanksgiving weekend Sunday was pretty brutal... The remainder of the drive on Monday morning was much less stressful.
Posted Nov 28, 2005 10:23 pm

cp0915Route Climbed: From the south Date Climbed: Feb 12, 2005  Sucess!

cp0915

What can I say? The mountain was completely socked in. I couldn't find my way to the picnic area through the maze of dirt roads all over the place - I set off on foot, a couple miles away from the mountain, and just explored my way to the base of the mountain. Never seeing the picnic area (in an entirely different drainage), I started up a steep, loose gully. From there, I found myself in a winter wonderland at the base of the prominent cliffs on the mountain's south side. There was some decent snow on the ground, the trees were frozen over with huge clumps of ice dangling from the branches - visibility was 50 feet or less. I was leaving cairns all over the place just to find my way back down later. I navigated by compass, intuition, and a rudimentary understanding of the route. I came to the base of the headwall and recognized it from pictures I'd seen. Just to be sure, I continued eastward along the cliffs for awhile and scrambled up to the ridge crest (rather knife-like toward the east). Back at the headwall, I found it to be rather icy (and dangerous). It was steeper than I'd expected. The exposure wasn't too bad - but enough to hurt you. Once at the top of the headwall, then above the class 3 ramps and ledges above that, I wandered up to the apparent summit, which was marked by a cairn. The visibility was non-existent, but I knew from researching the net that the actual summit was still 1/4 mile or so away westward along the ridge. I continued on and bagged the true summit, signed the register with a bogus name, and left. Rather snowy, very icy - no views the entire day. Short hike - but pretty cool in wintry conditions.
Posted Feb 14, 2005 12:14 pm

streeyyrClark Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2002

streeyyr

A big and impressive Mojave Desert peak.
Posted Jan 13, 2005 8:33 pm

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