Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2012-06-15

Climber: Derek Loranger

Date:Friday, June 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13161 ft / 4011 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were headed to Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico. This was our third annual backpacking trip. The first two were to Mount Whitney in 2010, and Chicago Basin in 2011. Since I turned 40 this year, I was encouraged by my wife to “go big.” Unfortunately, due to our conflicting schedules, once again, the PD and I had to squeeze this trip in between our many other commitments. Also, once again, we promised each other to plan further ahead next year to maximize our adventure potential.

Either way, we had another great adventure and saw a side of New Mexico we didn’t know existed.

Read my trip report at 100 Peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2957 ft / 901 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Trailhead:10204 ft / 3110 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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