Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2012-09-15

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Melinda Hernandez -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Collin Kamholz
Eric Kassan
Al Sandorff
Austin Hubbuch
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Elevation:13063 ft / 3981 m

Ascent Trip Report

Part two of a day hike trip in the Snake Range to summit several LVMC 50 Classics. Sequence was Bald, Wheeler, Jeff Davis, Wheeler, and Baker (both summits). Car shuttle was set up in advance.

This trip up Wheeler was much easier than my previous summit in early July 2011. For one thing, I was in much better shape, and had no sense of elevation effect anywhere during the hike. For another, the snow which blocked the trail last year was absent, with only a thin film in one corner of one of the summit wind shelters being the only noticeable trace. Descent was along the ridge down to Jeff Davis. It offers spectacular views of Nevada's only glacier. I have heard the route described as Class 3 elsewhere and think that is ambitious. There is some light scrambling among some boulders here and there, with zero exposure. Use of a quick hand here and there, sometimes two, but not what I would consider climbing. "Class 2+". Route down from Wheeler is steep in places.

***See Baker Peak trip report for the GPS track for the entire hike.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2253 ft / 686 m
    Elevation Loss:792 ft / 241 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Clear day with a few clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2185 ft / 666 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Wheeler Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Wheeler/Bald Saddle  10878 ft / 3315 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:792 ft / 241 m
    Extra Gain:68 ft / 20 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:E/SE Ridge
    Trailhead:Wheeler/Jeff Davis Saddle  12339 ft / 3760 m
    Time Down:57 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Snake Jeff Davis# (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bald Mountain2012-09-15 a
2Wheeler Peak2012-09-15 b
3Jeff Davis Peak2012-09-15 c
4Wheeler Peak2012-09-15 d
5Baker Peak2012-09-15 e
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by BMS 914
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