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highlandvillagerJust in time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

highlandvillager

We got a late start and trudged through knee deep snow to Williams Lake. I cut my break there short, which made all the difference. I was able to summit and glissade back down to the tree line before an approaching storm arrived. My climbing partner lingered too long at Williams Lake and was turned back by a blizzard just shy of the summit. We both enjoyed the beer and food at The Bavarian before returning to camp.
Posted Jan 6, 2008 1:09 am

AltitudeSicknessRoute Climbed: Bushwhacked  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2004

AltitudeSickness

Bushwhacked up to approach to Mt. Walters from Lake Fork Creek. Followed ridge to Mt. Wheeler. Lots of snow made it lots of fun. Played all the way there. Bright sunshine all day. Cold sometimes, very warm at other times. Great trip even though I was miserably out of shape.
Posted Dec 22, 2007 8:42 pm

panweilinMy 1st NM peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2004

panweilin

The first peak I went up in New Mexico. Wildflower blooming.
Posted Oct 25, 2007 7:46 pm

forjanWilliams Lake Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2007

forjan

Woke up at 7:30am to 32F at the hiker parking lot. Started up at 8:10am. A local dog followed me all the way to the summit which we reached just before 10am. Stayed at the summit for 1/2 hr. Windy & cold along the summit ridge. Tagged Mount Walter on the way down. Back at the trailhead by 11:40am (3.5 hrs car-to-car).
Posted Oct 15, 2007 11:43 am

I like it on topBeautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2007

I like it on top

Bright sun and spectacular views. After a short bushwack, we rose above treeline and picked up the bull of the woods trail, and made the summit around 11:30am. We completed the climb in recognition of those lost on 09-11, on behalf of Cops on Top.
Posted Sep 12, 2007 1:31 am

RedwicWeather Issues At The Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007

Redwic

Starting in the early morning, there were beautiful weather conditions... *until* I climbed halfway up the saddle-slope between Wheeler Peak & Mount Walter. Then, suddenly, a solid cloud blanket covered over both peaks. The wind picked up, and it quickly felt like the temperature dropped to below freezing. When I reached Wheeler Peak's summit, the cloud/fog was so thick that I couldn't see 2-3 feet in front of me, so I jogged over to Mount Walter's summit to hopefully find more suitable conditions... only to find much of the same thick cloud cover there. It was too bad, as I bet that the views from the summits would have been spectacular. Thank goodness for my GPS & general pathfinding skills. The Williams Lake Trail is very nice!!!
Posted Sep 9, 2007 11:43 pm

ClodhopperNot the best weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006

Clodhopper

Thunderstorm above the treeline, at 13000ft. In retrospect, not so smart. Camping on top in a lightning storm, well, stupid. We made it though, I think I'll wait for a clear day to do it again.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 8:45 pm

A BitFrom the ski area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1996

A Bit

A bighorn sheep was there to welcome us near the summit. Didn't see much of the view due to clouds that put down a couple inches of snow.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 2:23 am

lasvegaswraithLook out!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2003

lasvegaswraith

Hiked via Williams Lake and the steep slog to the saddle. Bagged Walter en route down and fought off marmots trying to make off with everything not tied down. Saw 15 or 20 bighorn on the way down and got some decent photos but headed for the hills quick as thunderheads started building (and this was 1000am) It started to rain and hail by the time I got back to the trailhead. Start early in summer for sure.
Posted Aug 17, 2007 7:14 pm

StarManSeptember 2005

StarMan

Via Williams Lake - STEEP!
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:40 pm

starship_jenWilliams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007

starship_jen

HP #31. Hiked with Paul. Steep!!! Enjoyable hike and TONS of marmots! So cute! Glissaded for the first time on a short snowfield--fun stuff! : )
Posted Jul 9, 2007 2:44 pm

ZandtGorgeous climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007

Zandt

Ascended Bull-of-the-Woods Trail, which was beautiful, though obscured by large snowfields in several places. Descended by the Williams Lake trail...which seems just plain destroyed along much of its length and extends down into probably one of the saddest-looking spruce forests I've ever seen.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 2:06 pm

2skinnersHP #4 Beautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2007
My 2nd attempt successful as my first attempt was turned back by myself because of threatening looking clouds. Well worth the effort as this was a beautiful climb.
Posted Jun 22, 2007 4:50 am

Art VandalayLove Wheeler  Sucess!

Art Vandalay

I've climbed Wheeler 5 or 6 times since my first time in 1997, once from the Taos Ski Valley and every other time via the Middle Fork TH near Red River. Had fun every time. I love camping near Lost Lake...caught a couple nice trout in there a couple years ago with Elk Hair Caddis flies. Tried it once in winter and had to turn back (mostly because my partner had a 30 degree bag and froze his ass off the night before near the TH). I plan on climbing it many more times, one of my favorite trails in NM.
Posted Apr 3, 2007 8:06 pm

atavistJust in time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2006

atavist

We barely got this climb in before a big storm hit. It was cold and windy at high camp. Very cold. There was a good base of snow above tree line. On the drive back, we got nailed by a huge snowstorm as we were driving west on I-40 through AZ.
Posted Apr 2, 2007 11:40 am

The edgeHP #41  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2003

The edge

The very next day that I was on Elbert... here I was on the top of Wheeler... I guess I was acclimitized...
Awesome scenery..!!
Only nine to go!!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:05 pm

Bubba SuessHigh point of a great trip.  Sucess!

Bubba Suess

Summited with Caleb and Kunz while returning to exile in Dallas. Great way to end a great trip!
Posted Mar 9, 2007 10:00 pm

tomastxWinter Snow
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2007

tomastx

Went up Bull of the Woods with my brother, but after the heavy snowfall, we were breaking tral and postholing past the knees with snowshoes. We soon realized that despite an Alpine start, we would never make it to the top. Had a fun day, will be for another time. Made it to 12,000' something.
Posted Mar 5, 2007 5:16 am

lizrdboyWinter Climb-Via Williams Lake  Sucess!

lizrdboy

Great trip. We were the only ones on the mountain...probably because everyone else was skiing at Taos.
Posted Feb 25, 2007 10:40 pm

weeds19Great Hike via BOTW  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2000

weeds19

This was the first backpacking trip for my wife and I together. At the time we were just dating, and we both had a great time on the backpack. We even ventured down to one of the nearby lakes and at one point were surrounded by 50 bighorn sheep as we climbed out of the lake basin. Wonderful place!
Posted Feb 9, 2007 4:29 pm

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