Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2017-10-07

Climber: J.J. Fernandez

Date:Saturday, October 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Elevation:13063 ft / 3981 m

Ascent Trip Report

Traveled from Northern Utah, past Delta, then onto Baker, NV.. where it was forecast to get above 70 degrees during the day.
In early October, Great Basin National Park Scenic drive was still open all the way up to the Summit Trailhead at 10,200 ft.
Very well maintained trail all the way to the summit. The lengthy 12,000 foot ridgeline was blustery and frigid. Thankful for the numerous shelter-cairns along the ridge. Upper trail was slick, snow-packed, icy.. so went straight up on the talus steps. Summit spike missing.. although 2 Reference spikes point toward the vacant hole in the rock. Gorgeous blue-sky views all around. Bring a puffy! It can get very cold above 13,000 ft.!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Extremely Windy, Clear
Warm below ridge. Cold, windy ridge to summit.

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