Wheeler Peak Climber's Log
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|Paul Burkholder||Route Climbed: Standard Trail Date Climbed: June 1999|
|I've climbed this mountain many times. This was a climb to the top and then ski down with two friends (Bruce D and Eric R) to one of the small lakes just north of the peak. Easy hike for any age or level of experience. Bring your kids, take your time, and have some fun! (Keep an eye on the weather)|
|Posted Oct 25, 2001 7:14 pm|
|brandon||Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: June 1998|
|Easy jaunt, Amazing view from summit cornice down into freaky cirque. Worth the day if you are travelling through the area.|
|Posted Sep 18, 2001 3:57 pm|
|Josh||Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: June, 1999|
|After a morning of bouldering at the Volcanic Tablelands near Bishop, CA, I drove across Nevada on Route 6 -- a very desolate road. I hadn't done any research on Wheeler Peak, so I had no idea what type of climb to expect. When I reached the small town of Baker just outside Great Basin NP, I ran into an information board that had data on ascending the Peak. I found out that the standard route is just a simple hike that starts around 10,000 ft and ascends 3,000 ft in about four miles|
The crux of the ascent turned out to be driving to the trailhead. The road was paved and not too steep, but my car doesn't do well at altitude. After 12 miles of my car sputtering with intermittent power and me enjoying the waffles-and-maple-syrup smell of a new leak somewhere in the cooling system, I reached the trailhead at 5:50pm. My plan was to "car camp" that night, then bag the peak in the morning. I had just consumed a jumbo bag of Funyuns for dinner and was about to crack open a can of generic Pork + Beans, when I got the urge to stretch my legs a bit. I threw a jacket and some water into my pack and began running up the trail. After a couple minutes of running I was feeling great, so I decided to continue to the summit that evening.
The first mile-and-a-half of the trail is a graded path through groves of aspen and some meadowy areas. At about 10,700 ft, the trail reaches treeline and follows a gentle ridge to the summit. I made it to the summit in 1 hour and 17 minutes, hung out for a half hour, then began the descent. I got back to my car before dark.
|Posted Mar 14, 2001 7:59 pm|