Activity: Peak Bagging, Trail Blazing, Scrambling
Distance: 3-4 miles, altitude 3,626-3,663’, prominence 1,744’, elevation gain 1,550-2,550’, duration >4 hours, rated Hard
Date: March 4, 2020
Cave Mountain is one of the those prominent peaks that you see not far from the freeway and ponder about on your way to Vegas. It is in the middle of the frick’n desert and there is absolutely no reason anyone would want to climb it unless it is because “It’s There” and you happen to be a Peak Bagger. It’s not one of the those scenic hikes that just happens to have some altitude. Cave Mountain is a stack of rocks on a sand dune close to No-Where. Even though it is not far from the busy I-15 between Barstow and Baker it is not easy to get to and you will need a 4×4 to get the rest of the way. Everything about it is obscure and perhaps that is part of the intrigue. First you have soft sand, then you have hard jagged talus to scramble. I suppose when you are climbing a peak, that not many people ever will, than you can’t be too sure about anything as far as facts and figures go. When you look at the information that I have provided I gave ranges. When I did my research everything is speculative and subjective. Where exactly the hike begins depends on how far you get in your vehicle before you get stuck. Every time I see a post on the altitude it is different. So everything about this adventure is a little… well, out there.
I rejoined my Peak Bagging Buddy, Keith Christensen, whom is on his way to being one of the top Peak Baggers in the country, for a couple days in the Mojave. The next day we would set out to climb the Soda Mountain High Point. This was my second set of Peak Bagging Adventures with Keith. You can checkout last year’s ‘Pursing Balance Through Adventure’ of Arrow Canyon High Point, Griffith Peak, and who can forget Frenchman Mountain? Keith is saddled with coining the phrase, “If it doesn’t hurt it isn’t worth it!”
This profound experience in nature was, like the others, a search for balance and to escape the mundane. It took place shortly before the Corona Virus Pandemic. I continued to adventure after a brief pause of shock I suppose of everything that was happening. I wondered if my friend Keith did the same. The answer is a resounding Hell No! I looked up his Peak Bagger Page while researching this article and was astounded that Keith Christensen, Hobie Cat Sailing Champion, Mountaineer, and self proclaimed Peak Bagger had bagged almost 60 peaks since he last hiked with me. I am feeling a little left out…
Not that Peak Bagging is my main deal, because I mostly like the nature and scenic aspects of the outdoor life, but I will always say that the harder the hike, the taller the mountain, the tougher the experience, the more I respect it and it certainly makes it more interesting, and with this type of adventure you gain a certain feeling of accomplishment.
So Cave Mountain has some 4 wheeling, some sand trekking, come desert hiking, and some rock scrambling to obtain the peak that is crowned with a large cairn marking the spot. Once on top there are beautiful desert views all around.
“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.”
— Wilfrid Noyce
Thanks for joining Keith Christensen and myself atop Cave Mountain; Peak Bagging in an ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ effort in the Mojave Desert. More to come- be sure to LIKE, FOLLOW, SHARE and COMMENT. Get the same hat as mine at SHOP APPAREL which will not only make you look and feel like an adventurer, but will help out the PBTA cause. Go to the Menu and look at all the richness of balance, so many places to get inspired by. Each of these locations that PBTA visits are all separate websites. It is hard to keep up digitally on my escapades and with all my different social media platforms: 13 Blogs, Face Book, Instagram, YouTube, Peak Bagger and Pinterest, but I do my best and I try to spread out the love so they are not necessarily in chronological order, but do they really need to be?
See you at the top!
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