Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2013-04-13

Climber: Kevin Zuech

Date:Saturday, April 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:12217 ft / 3723 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took Bull of the Woods since the rangers had no information on avalanche danger and I was told no one hikes the mountain in the winter. I started at the trailhead at around 6. First 1.8 miles had tracks. There were minimal signs or markers from there. I ended up looking around for 30 minutes to an hour trying to find the trail. I evenetually picked a clear path with no footprints. I continued to follow that in the right direction. I never saw any signs for the trail so I took crossover trail to frazer road where I bushwhacked to the ridge and got the trail again. The whole time i was breaking trail from between ankle deep to knee deep. As I got above treeline wind was a sustained 30 mph. I followed the trail that went through snow drifts waist deep. I skirted below and above most of them. As I got on top of the ridge the wind was around 50 mph. Due to time, weather and remaining trail all needing to be broken I decided to turn around at 12,217.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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