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Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2010-04-18

Climber: James Barlow

Date:Sunday, April 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13161 ft / 4011 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a great hike. I started early from the Williams Lake Trailhead. The snow was solid all the way up to the summit as the sun didn't even hit the ground where I was hiking until after I left the Williams Lake area. The scree field would be terrible to go up and down if there wasn't any snow. In the summer, I would recommend the longer trail route up. As I neared the summit, I ran into 7 bighorn sheep. I was pretty excited because I have never been so close to bighorn sheep in the wild. I got a few pics as they ran off. The summit register is inside of a metal pipe that just would not open for me. I had lunch and lounged on the summit for a while before heading down. The best way down to Williams Lake was sliding on my butt, so down I went...
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2961 ft / 903 m
    Route:Williams Lake Trail
    Trailhead:10200 ft / 3108 m
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe



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