Wheeler Peak (NM) Climber's Log
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|cruzit||Route Climbed: Bull-of-the-woods ascent/Williams Lake descent Date Climbed: May 24, 2003|
|Climbed with husband, Alan and son, Andrew, who both beat me to the summit. Still much snow on the trail. We had to do some guessing on our route finding because of the snow, but didn't encounter any real problems. Had to bail from the summit to avoid the thunder storm coming in. Headed towards William's Lake. Had a horrible bushwack around the east side of the lake...class 4 rock climbing moves in wet boots inches from the still, very icy water of the lake. I did learn how to glissade though..weee! Great fun.|
|Posted May 25, 2003 6:59 pm|
|Alan Ellis||Route Climbed: Bull-of-the-Woods Ascent / Williams Lake Descent Date Climbed: May 24, 2003|
|Climbed with wife, Jackie and son, Andrew. Deep snow was on some of the trail just after Bull 'o Woods pasture. Saw a whole herd of big horn sheep. We climbed the rocky ridge on the on the west side of La Cal Basin to avoid snow fields. It began to storm as we summitted, so we bailed off the west slope of Wheeler to Williams Lake. We had to descend via the south side of the west slope because the regular route had too much snow. This resulted in a nasty bushwhack through the snow-filled woods, then a manky traverse of the east bank of Williams Lake. A great adventure!|
|Posted May 25, 2003 6:10 pm|
|dsnell||Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Trail Date Climbed: Labor Day, 1992|
|Every New Mexico climber/backpacker is required to climb Wheeler Peak at some point in his or her life. I climbed it with Mike Cassissa over labor day, and camped in the last grove of trees before tree line. Excellent weather and great views for miles. Not a technical climb by any means, but the 7 mile trail to the summit can be grueling, especially when carrying a large pack.|
|Posted Dec 18, 2002 3:29 pm|
|kullaberg||Route Climbed: from ski area Date Climbed: june 2001|
|simple ascent w my dog on the way to a wedding in taos. 6hrs or so round trip|
|Posted Nov 30, 2002 10:05 am|
|bps||Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: Sept 1995|
|There's an interesting story behing this one!|
I had recently located to Oklahoma and was feeling pretty sour because for the most part, Oklahoma is pretty darn flat. So a friend and I were lounging around, and for gee-whiz purposes, looked up the highest point in Oklahoma. It was the Black Mesa (5,200ft +/-), located in the corner of Oklahoma bear the Colorado border. I jokingly said, you know, being the outstanding mountaineers that we are, we should go there just to say that we've been to the highest point in Oklahoma. My friend looked at me and grinned -- spontanaity took over from there.
The next morning, we hopped in the truck and made the 5 hour drive to the infamous Black Mesa. After a 45 minute walk, we were standing on the highest point in all of Oklahoma! (super-sarcasm here)
He looked at me and said, you know, New Mexico's the next State over...
We were off.
4 1/2 hours later, we found ourselves in Taos, New Mexico....and laughing at the fact that we were on an adventure that had no plans and no agenda.
We scooted up to 9,000ft in the truck and camped out for the night. The next morning we woke up at 5am and hit the Bull of the Woods trail. We trucked right along and once we reached 12,500ft, our lungs reminded us of the fact that we were sea-level creatures, and no longer used to the heights we were once used to.
An hour or so later, we topped out during a beautiful day. We decided to slide down the talus slope to Williams Lake and then back out through the ski area to our truck. A 10 1/2 drive brought us back to Oklahoma City with big stupid grins on our faces -- not a bad weekend for a couple of guys who were sitting around Friday night with beers in hand and nothing to do...
|Posted Jul 22, 2002 8:00 am|
|tedde1||Route Climbed: In from the other side /not Williams Lake Date Climbed: 5 July 2000|
|A longish hike, racing T-storms most of the way down.|
|Posted Mar 27, 2002 4:57 pm|
|Josh||Route Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: Early July 1999|
|Summitted in the pouring rain and fog. When I got back down to Williams Lake it had cleared up and I finally got a view of the surrounding mountains. A fun hike.|
|Posted Jul 12, 2001 3:24 pm|