Patterson, Wheeler in Sweetwaters (CA), plus Panum

Harlan W.S.
May 06, 2015

This was my 96th DPS (Desert Peak Section) summit. I haven't climbed Navajo Peak in Utah, and don't plan to unless the legality/morality issues change. So this was my "last" DPS new summit. I've repeated many DPS summits (currently up to 42 times for one in particular), and will repeat some of the more spectacular peaks.

Big thanks to Rebecca S-E for the beta on this route (especially the drive!), thanks to Laura M for heads up on weather.

1 year ago I was in the Sweetwaters at Lobdell Lake, about to climb Patterson, but thought I'd wait to join a friend in two days.  Well, a storm rolled in... and this time, I was just ahead of a big storm.

The road was somewhat
challenging; I could have
pushed the TH up to 10200'
but as worried about snow
drifts in the road.
The hike.
There were 35mph winds
all the time I was there,
and it was freezing at
night, so I parked at
9600' and slept in the car.
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View from Wheeler to
Patterson. It was again
very windy, and never
got above freezing
Sierra in distance.
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Looking at the normal
route up from Lobdell
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View back at Wheeler.
Wheeler has ~380'
prominence relative
to Patterson.
On top of Patterson.
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It was often easiest to
cross the low-angle
hard snow.
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Wheeler on way back.
townsite of Belford,
about 10200'
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The road near 10100'
was clear, but I couldn't
see that the night before.
Still I would need to
stop and remove big rocks.
It's hard to gauge the
steepness of road in
a photo.
There was no room to
move to avoid sharp
rocks, so I was glad
to have 10-ply tires.
ridge to Wheeler
at left
On way back to NV
that day, I stopped
at Panum Crater.
Years back I slashed
a finger on a piece of
Panum glass, while
prepping it for
chemical analysis...
...and that cut took 6
stitches, 2 of which I
ripped out the next day
while digging a snow cave...
...I had cut my finger
before this trip, so this
was an ironic tribute.
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peaks the next day, but
woke up to 1' new snow!