Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2011-03-05

Climber: Allen Sjogren

Others in Party:Thomas Smith
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, March 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Elevation:13063 ft / 3981 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at Lower camp ground ( around 1:00PM) with snow shoes poles and full packs. Reached upper camp ground at dusk. We were breaking trail through deep snow. Got a late start next morning 8:00am. The section that is steep and traverses up to the saddle seem like a avalanch prone area. Once on the ridge line the wind blew constant 40 to 50 mph. Switched from snow shoes to crampons last 800 ft to the top. Temps were in the 30s.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5763 ft / 1756 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5763 ft / 1756 m
    Round-Trip Distance:16 mi / 25.7 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Partly Cloudy
40 to 50mph winds on ridge line
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5763 ft / 1756 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:followed wheeler peak trail
    Start Trailhead:lower camp ground  7300 ft / 2225 m
    Time:11 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5763 ft / 1756 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    End Trailhead:7300 ft / 2225 m
    Time:5 Hours 

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