Mount Charleston. As seen from the desert to the east, the northern upper crest of Mount Charleston in appearance justifies its local name, “Mummy Peak.” In October Scott Hamell and I climbed the northwest buttress, so prominent from the Lee Canyon ski area. Rock is dolomite, sometimes sound, sometimes not. The climb could readily be made in one day, but our schedule was such that a bivouac was in the program. NCCS III, F8, Al.