Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2010-10-18
|Date:||Monday, October 18, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||13161 ft / 4011 m|
Ascent Trip Reportget 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)|
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