Slept overnight at Red Rock Lakes NWR campground at the base of Sheep Mtn 6/7/13. Woke up early next AM and drove a little ways up the road towards NWR office. Parked, bushwhacked up towards saddle right of peak, and did some technical rock climbing/bouldering to attain summit of Sheep Mtn. Once up top, traversed several miles across ridge to Taylor. Getting down was a bit sketchy, but followed an avy runout path covered in soft snow that approached 50+deg pitch at one point. Followed runoff to the road, back track past camp to vehicle. ~10mi round trip, very rewarding
Climbed on a sunny day in mid-May. A relatively easy but long hike. Twice on the summit ridge I took a step from firm snow onto a pocket of mush which collapsed under my foot, revealing a hole 15 or more feet deep - definitely got your attention.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe