Ascent of Mount Walter on 2006-09-03

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My son Garret Robinson and his dog Sam.
Date:Sunday, September 3, 2006
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Walter
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13133 ft / 4002 m

Ascent Trip Report

On Saturday, September 2, 2006, we drove south of Red River and parked at the Wheeler Peak parking area. My 26 year old son Garret and I put on backpacks, I had about 50 lbs. Also along was Garret’s part basset hound, Sam. We hiked about 7 miles, into the Wheeler Wilderness area, to Lost Lake, and set up a base camp. It rained and hailed the last mile and it was a little cold and wet when we arrived. We had a wonderful rib eye steak dinner and an evening campfire. The next morning, September 3rd, we put on day packs, and hiked a 6 1/3 mile loop until we came back to our base camp. We hiked past Horseshoe Lake, to the highest peak in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak. Incredible views! We went along a fairly established trail. We then headed north to the second highest peak, Mt. Walter. We decided not to go back by way of trail and continued north until we could see Lost Lake from the ridge then descended a steep slope to the lake and our base camp. We had a good dinner and a good night’s sleep. The next morning, September 4th, it was clear and beautiful; we put on backpacks and returned to Garret’s truck. The return trip, as always, is so much easier, downhill and with less weight. We tried a little panning for gold when we returned. Garret is the panning expert. Overall we hiked about 21 miles in some very beautiful country.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:158 ft / 47 m
    Total Elevation Loss:65 ft / 19 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Snowing, Cool, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:93 ft / 28 m
    Route:Wheeler Peak Parking to Lost Lake to Wheeler
    Start Trailhead:Wheeler Peak Saddle  13040 ft / 3974 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:65 ft / 19 m
    Gain on way out:65 ft / 19 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Lost Lake Base (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wheeler Peak2006-09-03 a3497 ft / 1066 m
2Mount Walter2006-09-03 b158 ft / 48 m
Total Trip Gain: 3655 ft / 1114 m    Total Trip Loss: 65 ft / 20 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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