Moapa Peak


By: Wes Shelberg


On 16 October 1981 Kim Walch (San Diego) and I climbed Moapa. As we reached the summit area from the knife-edge route, perhaps 50-75 feet from the register cairn, we startled four mature desert sheep that had "bedded down" next to the cairn. They started, ran single file, and disappeared over the west end of the summit. Magnificent animals that thought they were safe from intruders on that precipitous, delightful fortress! We did not follow them beyond the cairn since we did not want to molest or corner them on some dead-end ledge or cliff. Sheep had cleared many resting spots on the summit and on the area east of the knife-edge ridge. Droppings indicated that they cross the knife edge.

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