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LazyJSkwiresCold  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2015


Cold and windy at the top. Started from the lower trailhead for that extra long summit hike. If I had gone up the day after the wind would have been 80+ MPH at the top
Posted Oct 29, 2017 10:25 pm

Charlie BrumbaughSunrise Acent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2017
Got up in time to watch the sunrise from the top, had to use crampons for most of the ascent and an ice axe for the last 500 vertical.
Posted Sep 8, 2017 8:59 pm

mariavontrappCold n' windy!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2016


Windy and cold enough on the saddle to make the hike a bit challenging, lots of rime.
Posted Nov 21, 2016 8:24 pm

technicolorNHBitter cold  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2016


Three hours and ten minutes via the standard route. Hoarfrost was everywhere from the saddle on up and visibility from start to summit was never more than fifty meters in any direction. It might have been a few degrees above zero but the wind chill was definitely below -10. After Wheeler I decided Bald Peak looked interesting and bagged that too, for just under a seven hour day.
Posted Oct 17, 2016 11:07 pm

ridings82Awesome Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2016


Great Basin is a beautiful National Park and there's no better way to experience it than the hike up Wheeler Peak. Relatively easy hike that gets a little steep towards the end. Made it to the summit in 2:10 and descended in a little under 2 hrs.

Standard Route: 08/28/2016, 08/06/2017
Posted Aug 29, 2016 3:56 pm

jdmorehouse2nd Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2016


Drove from Lamoille (after climbing Ruby Dome the day before) and got on the trail by 11:30. Up and back in five hours. Breezy. Even though it was a Friday, the trail had a couple of dozen people on it, most coming down from the peak. The campground was full (and noisy late into the night).
Posted Jul 17, 2016 1:17 pm

AbinadiWitnessFun in GBNP! :)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2014


Posted May 24, 2016 5:48 pm

cabFrom Upper Lehman Creek Picnic Area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2016


Even with snowshoes, there was lots of postholing from the start to the summer TH due to a recent storm. Above Stella Lake, we were able to ditch the snowshoes and move to crampons which was nice. We climbed the chute just east of the ridge that the summer trail follows. Weather was great and winds weren't too bad for February.
Posted Feb 22, 2016 3:57 pm

SabineInUtahNice desert peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2015


Started from the Wheeler Peak Campground and hiked with AKB and RDB. Very windy, but fantastic day. The trail to the peak could be more direct, but a nice hike. Saw a flock of about 15 male wild turkeys and a few females with young ones along the way. Easy peak that kids can do.
Posted Aug 20, 2015 4:12 pm

Highpointer1837Great Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2014


Got a late start and made it off the summit just in time for a late afternoon thunderstorm.
Posted Aug 8, 2015 5:30 pm

ShayleeWheeler  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2015


Posted Jul 20, 2015 6:16 pm

ScottWheeler  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2015


Kessler wasn’t feeling well, so he didn’t make it very far up the trail. Kim, Shaylee, my dad, and I climbed Wheeler Peak on a very sunny and warm day. It was a beautiful climb and we spent quite a bit of time on time,

On the way down, I also did a side trip and climbed Bald Mountain. The rest of the group went straight to the campsite. Climbing Bald Mountain with Wheeler Peak made a good all day trip.
Posted Jul 20, 2015 6:14 pm

edgeBeautiful Night Sky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2015


Started hiking up at midnight during a clear night with no moon in sight. The winds on the ridge were fierce and I had to really dig in to keep moving forward, the altitude didn't help either since I was at sea level hours ago. Luckily I made it to the top, and it is completely worth hiking in the dark! The sky was absolutely stunning! It's like I could see the entire universe! Unfortunately what took away a little from this experience was the brutal cold at night with 30-50 mph gusts. It was hard going to sleep since my sleeping bag wasn't very good at keeping me warm on the summit. It was worth watching the sunrise from the peak, though, it was one of the best sunrises I've ever seen. My plan was to hit Jeff Davis and Baker Peak that day but the cold the altitude and my heavy pack really took it's toll even so carrying those binoculars up was worth the extra weight. All in all though, definitely a hike worth doing at night.
Posted Jul 14, 2015 10:08 pm

jgreenerunsAnniversary Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015


My husband and I spent a few days prior to our summit in GBNP and enjoyed a lovely backpack adventure on the Baker/Johnson Lake Loop.

This was our first 13er and it was a nice one!
Posted Jul 12, 2015 6:54 pm

Fleshj27brutish  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2015


Brutish and cold despite being high summer. Winds up to 50 miles an hour and hard, chunky rain. On the other hand I was about the only person going up that day. Five hours round trip.

Note: The official GPS distance of 8.6 miles can be deceiving...actual paced distance using a pedometer was 11.88. That would account for the 3000 foot vertical!
Posted Jul 11, 2015 9:44 pm

abrennalinerushFirst Thirteener!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2015


Elevation started kicking my trash around 12,500', but I persevered! 2:20 from trailhead to summit. What a way to celebrate America -- gorgeous day on a beautiful mountain. Summer squall was refreshing, too.
Posted Jul 6, 2015 1:10 am

michael_hashleyTechnically easy but altitude made it difficult  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2015


Used the Summit Trail from the parking lot. Stopped at nearby Stella Lake, went to the top of the ridge just below treeline. Trail is composed entirely of rocks from this point. Beautiful wildflowers, altitude starting kicking my ass around 12,000 feet. Reached the summit at noon, three hours after we started. Cloudy day but visibility was excellent, views from the top are absolutely breathtaking!
Posted Jul 3, 2015 10:28 pm

Stephen GautMtn Lion on Trail !  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2015
Arrived day before, camped at Wheeler Peak campground at 10,000 feet. Drove back to main trailhead and started out at 6:00am. At about 6:20am a mountain lion ran across the trail, no more than 20 yards in front of me, and continued down into meadow. It was right by a fenced-in area for a water station. After this, trip was not remarkable. Reached summit at 9:30am. Got back to trailhead at 12:30. Only one small patch of snow left to cross near summit, not a big deal, no crampons needed. So 6.5 hour round trip. Great trail, well marked. Parents with smaller kids should watch out for the mountain lion & stay with the group and make noise in the wooded section. Rangers said there have been four sightings that month. They are out at dawn and dusk to hunt mostly I think.
Posted Jun 29, 2015 5:35 pm

DariaStriking peak!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2015


Outstanding area, climbed with foo-foo bear, fun climb and snow on summit!! Continued on to summit Jeff Davis peak. Loved GBNP and this trip was followed by a delightful tour of some Nevada hot springs!
Posted Jun 20, 2015 3:32 pm

cwoods17Wheeler  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2012


Took the standard route up with my friend Brian after a couple days of eating nothing but apples, salami, crackers, and beer. Had the peak to ourselves. The snowpack was far lower than it was in July of 2011.
Posted Apr 3, 2015 8:37 am

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