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Ascent of Wheeler Peak in 1961-08

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:August, 1961
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

Yesterday, while en route to Los Angeles, I flew to Albuquerque via Denver and then drove to Taos to sleep at a comfortable motel in Taos.
This morning I was in the parking lot at Taos Ski Valley by 7:00AM and soon on my way up Wheeler Peak via the scenic Twining-Blue Lake Trail. Though becoming partly cloudy as it progressed it was a mild, windless, pleasant day. Very few hikers on Wheeler Peak today. After a few minutes of enjoyable solitude enjoying the Wheeler Peak summit and its sweeping views I headed back down, arriving at my car by 4:00PM. Then a fast drive to Albuquerque to catch a flight to Los Angeles.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3761 ft / 1146 m
    Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:Twining-Blue Lake Trail
    Trailhead:Taos Ski Valley  9400 ft / 2865 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Good, light clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 30 Minutes



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