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pbogenStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


Great weather besides the relentless winds. GBNP is a great place that is spare of crowds!
Posted Sep 18, 2007 11:37 am

mgp5000Big Hill + Chest Cold = No Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007


Thought the worst of my cold had passed, but Mr. Wheeler made it known that I was mistaken. Got passed by several folks on the way up, but finally made it. Great views. Shared a bit of summit time with the Head Ranger at GBNP - nice guy.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 2:07 am

A BitStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 1996

A Bit

Ran into early thunderstorms near the summit, but had a great hike up. Lots of wildlife around.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 1:58 am

lasvegaswraithLove it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2010


4th or 5th trip up in the last few years, but never with this much snow - Snow level all the way to the trailhead on Memorial Day weekend! Epic, sunny day in Great Basin.
Posted Aug 18, 2007 1:22 am

Frankly45Wheeler in August 2007
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Tyler Thigpen, (Birmingham, Alabama) and RJ DePond (Cambria California) were the earliest to the summit this day. It was very windy but magically beautiful. The round trip took 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Posted Aug 12, 2007 6:49 pm

kelsterStormy but pretty  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007


There were a lot of clouds near the summit and there wasn't much of a view until it cleared up. Also, there were a bunch of deer along the trail.
Posted Jul 27, 2007 7:18 pm

rayrayNice hike w/ great views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007


Started at the Wheeler Peak Trailhead (8.6 miles roundtrip). An easy hike considering nearly 3,000' elevation gain. Beautiful views from the summit. Wheeler has a commanding presence amidst the many 11K+ peaks in the area.
Posted Jul 26, 2007 6:41 pm

csnellEasy and Breezy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2007


Easy walk-up. First ones to the summit that day. Had to skirt some snow drifts at mid-mountain and we it took a little bit of navigating to return to the trail but it was not hard at all. I was shocked at some of the people climbing this. Saw a kid climbing it in a Purdue basketball uniform. The ridgeline was really windy.
Posted Jun 23, 2007 2:21 am

redsplashman23Great Views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2007


Bagged this peak with sierragator and Chris. Afterwards went over and bagged Jeff Davis Peak.
Posted Jun 2, 2007 10:25 pm

sierragatorNice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2007


Bagged this peak with Redsplashman and Chris. Also got Jeff Davis Peak. Caught a great glissade down the north slope of Jeff Davis. I've been wanting to check out Great Basin for a long time. Some of these peaks have the look and feel of Sierra Peaks.
Posted May 28, 2007 12:25 am

MoapaPkanniversary  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 1999


After a light snow; trail was full of ice.

On Oct 17, 1970, I was nearly killed in a snowstorm above timberline -- in New York! So this was an anniversary.

Total 4x; twice in one day.
Posted May 8, 2007 8:47 pm

LonePeakFreakThere goes my knee...  Sucess!


Loved it! Highly underrated peak in a highly underrated National Park. Worth a trip to the middle of nowhere. The last 1000 ft. or so is brutal. Amazing view from the top.
Posted Apr 27, 2007 1:28 pm

dianetook two tries  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2006


got hailed out on a first attempt at this peak- brrr, had to come back and try it again. really enjoyed this one.
Posted Mar 5, 2007 7:11 pm

Anya JingleStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2005

Anya Jingle

Pleasant and scenic route in one of the least crowded national parks I have ever visited. I hiked down to the shores of the alpine lakes on the way back from the summit.
My slideshow is here: Wheeler Peak in Great Basin NP
Posted Jan 13, 2007 10:03 pm

renogurtWinter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2007


Winter ascents in Nevada are different than in Utah. You do not need ski gear, avy gear, ropes, harnesses, ice axe, and crampons. As mentioned by appachedino, it was so incredibly windy. I was making a 45 degree with the ground and the wind was holding me up. Sweet summit, skied down via moonlight.
Posted Jan 9, 2007 7:40 pm

apachedinoWindy Wheeler in Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2006


I got a new 4 sesason for X-mas and decided to put it to use. We snowshoed/skinned from upper Lehman Campground to Wheeler campground for the night. The next morning after sleeping in a bit we ascended the ridge and were met by 90 MPH winds that threatened to blow beanies right off of yyour head and knock you into the rocks. Pebbles and ice constantly got in the eyes and at some point the mountain wind stole my glasses. Yet we made the summit and watched a beautiful sunset on the way down and enjoyed a nice moonlight snowshoe back to cam. Excellent views from the top of a very isolated area.
Posted Jan 7, 2007 12:31 am

muajeeStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2005


After 10+ hrs of driving, we took it easy and spent the night at Wheeler Peak Campground - no bear box and bear canister required. Woohoo! (We planned to go backpacking in the Baker Lake area on the 3rd day, so it was a blessing that no bear canister was required.)

The hike was amazingly short for a county HP, or rather the 2nd HP in a state. (Yeah, the main reason why we made the last minute decision, grabbed our gear, jumped in the car, and here we were summiting.)

Come to think about it, it did seem a little bit ridiculous (in a good way) driving over a thousand mile just to hike up a summit that is 8 miles round trip.

Oh well, it was the last minute decision. We needed to go somewhere for the 4th of July weekend w/o permits and reservation... ohhh and w/o the crowds. Great Basin NP was just the perfect place to be. :>

Big portion of the trail was covered by the snow, so we had a little fun and adventure.

There were some people but most turned back.

Loved the last part of ascent - there should still be a trail but somehow I ended up scrambling my way up so it was fun. (Yup, I love to scramble and climb MUCH MORE than to hike.)

For some reasons, I really loved this mountain.

The sunset moment was unforgettable...

Posted Dec 20, 2006 5:59 am

dandrewBeautiful Day, but very windy...


Started early in the morning from Wheeler Peak campground. (August 2004) We saw very few other people the whole trip. The weather was warm and skies were clear, but the wind on the summit ridge was strong and made it a bit chilly. Nice out-of-the-way National Park.
Posted Dec 14, 2006 12:24 am

OutdoorpartnerBoring scenery  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2003


I've climbed this 13 er several times as a training hike. The view from the top isn't as spectacular as most -- just brown desert.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 6:15 am

Dangers PopTrail from parking lot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2006

Dangers Pop

Started out with Gina before weather became a factor. I sent her back down the trail as I raced for the summit. Snow, hail and an electrical storm motivated me to bag this without delay. Much to my surprise I found Brad? (from Denver) hanging out on the summit either practicing to be a lightning rod, or testing his Goretex jacket. He snapped my photo and stayed up there as I jetted outta there and back down the mountain.
Posted Sep 28, 2006 4:57 am

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