Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2009-09-07

Climber: Joe Kuehn

Date:Monday, September 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13161 ft / 4011 m

Ascent Trip Report

As opposed to attempt the day before, the weather couldn't have been better for hiking. Met a nice young couple from Houston, Raj and Erica and walked with them for about a mile before parting company.

What wasn't so apparent in the fog the day before was a little more obvious on a clear day. Outside of the altitude, the hike itself wasn't all that strenuous. Took my time going up but tore it up on the way down, including jogging the last mile. The peak doesn't have the commanding presence of a Mt. Whitney, but the views are very beautiful. This hike makes a great day trip.

Up and back within 7 hours including about 25 minutes on top.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:14.4 mi / 23.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Nights Spent:0 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Bull of the Mountain
    Time Up:4 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Time Down:2 Hours 25 Minutes

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