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Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2014-03-12

Climber: Dawn Weaver

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13161 ft / 4011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Williams Lake trail to the new Wheeler Peak Summit trail, which was covered in snow and difficult to follow on the way up. Some post-holing but not too bad; used crampons although some rocky sections. Tagged Walter as well on the ridge and then descended the switchbacks that were visible and went down the same way to the Lake trail. NO wind at all, temps in the 30's but absolutely beautiful and warm with the sun! Big horn sheep near the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3000 ft / 914 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:Williams Lake/Wheeler Peak Summit Trail
    Trailhead:Williams Lake Trailhead  10161 ft / 3097 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1, Grade IV
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 



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