"Impossible Mesa" (Peak 4045 in Castle Peaks, NV)

Harlan W S & Kevin H
Feb. 8, 2013

The name "Impossible Mesa" is tongue-in-cheek, because (thanks to instructions from Tracy F), we were able to climb the 4045' S summit of this peak with just one 8', class 4 crux.  We hit the N summit while looking for a geocache, and from the N summit, were able to see a reasonable route to the middle summit. But there was a time when I thought this peak would be a technical climb.

It was a short day, with 40+ mph gusts, cold, and a lingering kidney stone.  Thanks again to Tracy F for beta, and Kevin H for willing companionship (on 0 hours of sleep) and his good jeep.

Overview map showing the roads (purple)
in. Both roads are rougher than the usual
roads we take to Castle.
A clsoeup of the tracks near the peaks...
...and the same tracks on the aerial map.
This is a view of the three summits, as seen
from the W (en route to Castle Tower).
The 4045' (S) peak is at R.
View from the 1st place we parked
 -- just east of peak 4045'. The highest
peak (4045') is at L.
We're at the U-notch between 4045'
and the middle peak; view W to Castle
Panoramic view, from S (L) to WNW (R)
Kevin on top of 4045'.
Kevin comes down the crux;
he's a bove a 3-4' overhang,
which could be tough for shorter
View Kevin across (N side) U notch;
Castle Tower in distance at L.
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View down into valley on W side
of U-notch-- you could easily
descend here in order to continue
on to Castle Tower.
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Now we've driven around to the NW
side, and have climbed the N-most
peak to retrieve the "Watch your step"
geocache. This view is S, over the middle
peak, to 4045'.
Here's a panoramic view, from
4045' at L, to Castle Tower at R.
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Now we head to the middle peak;
Kevin is on the class 3 crux, which
has some unnerving exposute to the R.
Now we're on the middle peak, view S
to 4045, with the route marked. Dots
indicate where the route is hidden behind
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Kevin comes down the crux.
We descended the "easy" valley
between the N and middle peaks.