Ascent of Wheeler Benchmark on 2017-03-18

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jen Chapman
M Evans
Richard Hensley -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Jerry Thomas -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Wheeler Benchmark
    Elevation:9167 ft / 2794 m

Ascent Trip Report

As others have noted, the road to Wheeler Pass is best from the Pahrump side. From the Cold Creek side, we stopped a fair amount short. A Toyota Tacoma that was with us, was not able to make it that far, and had to park a few hundred feet further down the road. That said, the ridge was far from great, especially with the large, deep snow pockets, so we appreciated being able to bail off sooner for a more direct route down. The route down was fairly good except for near the bottom of the wash we needed to cross, where we encountered the worst bushwhacking. Fortunately it was brief.

The final steep section before the summit was very steep and loose. The views at the top, particularly when we went, were spectacular with amazing views of the snow-covered north facing slope below Willow Peak.

This was a very challenging ascent, but since Lori's two dogs made it, I guess it wasn't that tough!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2776 ft / 845 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2776 ft / 845 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2626 ft / 800 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2376 ft / 725 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Loss on way in:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Road @ 2070m  6791 ft / 2069 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2526 ft / 769 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2376 ft / 725 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:see GPS track
    End Trailhead:Road @ 2070m  6791 ft / 2069 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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