Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2017-07-21

Climber: Miles Raventon

Date:Friday, July 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13161 ft / 4011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spectacular day weather wise; started early this time made it to Williams Lake on point. Then mistakenly told some UNM students to keep going until I found out we have to double back to the Wheeler Peak trail from the lake so I saved the day by shouting "Colorado, Aquamarine; we've gotta double back to the summit trail!" As he was wearing a Rockies hat for some reason and that was the color of her top. Caught up to a large Catholic student group from Texas at the summit. Admired the views of the Spanish Peaks and the Crestones in Southern Colorado. Then the marmots set in from the saddle connecting to 'Walter's Peak.' A chipmunk was so bold as to actually touch my leg and the marmots ate alpine vegetation a foot away from me. Never seen marmots so accustomed to people. Finally a lone Russian hiker arrived at the summit after everyone else had left. Quick jaunt up 'Walter's Peak,' and the began descent. Dazzled by an array of various geological curiosities near the trail on the way down. No rain or precipitation whatsoever despite dark gathering storm clouds and thunder. Glad to have finally summitted the highest mountain in New Mexico.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:10 Hours 30 Minutes

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