Ram #3 (8242') in Sheep Mts of NV

Harlan WS
Nov 12, 2016

The Ram mountains are a subrange of the Sheep Mountains, and are just 40-45 miles north of Las Vegas, or 9 miles from route 93. However, the access is from the west side via the Dead Horse and Cabin Spring Roads; at present, the easternmost sections of these roads are  modest 4WD. In turn, these two roads are accessed  by the 2WD Alamo Road in the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

Our route up Ram #3 followed a maze of deep gullies, and had serious rockfall danger. There was one class 4 move, and lots of moves with serious exposure.  We took 2x 30m 8mm ropes, but used a rope only in one emergency situation, otherwise just used 27' of 15mm webbing as a handline.  I think one could make a possibly safer route on a NW ridge.

The peak, like the highpoint of Ram #1 (in 2004) had no sign of previous visitation.

Our previous trip to Ram #1 is documented here

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View WEST from us
route 93. Ram #2 looks
most difficult.
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Ram #3 from a
slightly different
angle. We went up
behind the ridge
on the right side.
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Overview map
of the area.
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A simple contour
map shows the
extreme variation
in the topography.
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CP is in the center
of the photo, wearing
white. Typical terrain.
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Tracy below.
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This photo of Tracy
looks benign, but he
was on a thin fin
between two deep
gullies.
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Now we're on summit
ridge; view SE to
Arrow Canyon Mts
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Moapa Peak
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View to highpoint
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Ram #2
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CP on way up
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Ram #2
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Tracy brushes his teeth.
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Heading down
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Minor peaklet
on way back
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View down canyon
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View down into
the maze of cliff
bands below--
5000' drop to rte
93 valley, equivalent
to Grand Canyon
in fewer miles
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Dry lake bed to
NW. where we will
drive tomorrow.
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Tracy descends
creepy slot,
where 3 hrs before
a foothold broke
loose.
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CP is left, in white,
Spotting Tracy.
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CP and I wait
as Tracy climbs
up to dryfall
work-around
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Our camp the next morn
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Back at our route.
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View W in morn
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We stopped at the
sand dunes on way
back N to Alamo.
I pulled off road to left
of Tracy, and immediately
felt my vehicle founder
in the sand. I got out
by way of Tracy's chain
and traction strips.
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A likely-technical
limestone peak to E
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Tracks of a BIG
raptor-- I saw the
huge birds take off
as I crested the 1st dune.
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Petroglyph Cabin
near Alamo.