Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2010-10-18

Climber: David J. Rhude

Date:Monday, October 18, 2010
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

get up early at the Don Fernando Resort in Taos, drive 45 minute to trail head at Taos Ski Resort. start hiking at 7 am, first light, in overcast conditions. arrive at Williams Lake after a quick one hour, then up the steep scree field on the west face of Wheeler Peak in the snow, fog & southwest wind. i arrive at the summit in 2:05, quite quick i'd say. a group of 5 from Philmont Scout Ranch arrive from the east side, nice group. after 30 minute, some clearing skies, photos, i head down slowly to save the knees. i spy a small group of female & young mountain goats halfway down the west face. nice new switchbacks near tree line help save my knees! i tour around the rather empty Taos Valley Ski resort for abit. nice climb!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3071 ft / 936 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route:Williams Lake Trail (#62) & scramble up west face
    Trailhead:Taos Ski Valley, Bavarian Resort Trail head  10090 ft / 3075 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Part of Trip: Plains State Summit Tour (8 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Magazine Mountain2010-10-14
2Mount Sunflower2010-10-15
3Black Mesa2010-10-16
4Wheeler Peak2010-10-18
5Panorama Point2010-10-21

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