Gottlieb* and slots, 7 years later

pics by Harlan W.S.
March 02, 2011

I last visited the peak from the south, more than 7 years back; at that time I left a small register.  The S routes are now closed off by the Howard Hughes land development, so I decided to revisit from the E. While this is a "trailless" hike with some pretty rough country, most of the mileage is over old gravel roads. Of course this would be deathly hot in summer.

In typical fashion, I didn't start till after 10:15AM.

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The approach road fades out,
and the obhect is to climb the small
dryfalls and aim through the V.
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Ugly Brown Lump is visible to the NW.
The circled spot is a red man-made object,
possibly car or ATV that rolled off the road.
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Finally one reaches the ridge W of peak 5356'
and sees the W side of the Gottlieb.
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Potosi to SSW (at L)
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View E aver 5356 and Sunnerlin.
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The edge is a cliffy drop. View to E
peak of Damsel/Pincushion.
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Thankfully, someone has replaced the
original plastic sandwich box with a
sturdy ammon box.
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View to Vegas.
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View W to La Madre Range.
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As I appeared in 2011...
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...and more than 7 years before.  
Hmmm, beard is a lot grayer.
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Pano W from top, with La Madre Range
 in middle, and Mummy to R.
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Descent. The gully at L is getting rough.
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I decide to try the E fork of
Box Canyon, always looking for
exits if should I hit an unclimable
dryfall.
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Lots of dryfalls, some quite tall
and slick...
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...but I could always dowclimb them
unaided...
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...till I hit the last two, and used some
hefty bolted-on ladders.
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This drop was slick and overhanging.
The ladder ends at least 4' above the deck.
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Next ladder.
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Looking back at the subtle surface
expression of the slot.
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View back at Gottlieb and La Madres.
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It wouldn't be Vegas without
a shot-up car.
*I worked with a guy named Gottlieb, and he always "looked down on Summerlin," so he seemed proper for an eponym.