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Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2011-07-31

Climber: Josey Coleman

Date:Sunday, July 31, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13161 ft / 4011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Been meaning to climb Wheeler Peak for a while and finally had a chance to do it. Went up Bull of the Woods trail before dawn and made it to the peak in about 4 hours. Met a lot of Bighorn Sheep along the way. One actually started running down a ridge right at me before veering to the right about 150 feet away. That got my adrenaline going pretty good. Got up to the top and was surrounded by Marmots trying to get into my pack. Took the trail down to the lake and the road back down to my car. Really amazing hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4761 ft / 1451 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4761 ft / 1450 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cloudy and humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4761 ft / 1451 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3761 ft / 1146 m; Extra: 1000 ft / 304m
    Loss on way in:1000 ft / 304 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Start Trailhead:9400 ft / 2865 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3761 ft / 1146 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    End Trailhead:9400 ft / 2865 m



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