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Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

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Re: Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

Postby TerryLiv » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:55 pm

Thanks guys,

We are leaving tomorrow morning for Wheeler on Saturday and Humphreys Peak in Arizona on Monday..

Terry

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Re: Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

Postby Monster5 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:24 pm

Terry - how were the conditions? I'm working down in Red River and figured I'd head up this weekend. The Kachima suggestion sounds interesting. Thanks!
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Re: Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

Postby MtHurd » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:37 pm

If you really have a lot of energy, you can take a side trip from the Kachina route and also get in Vallecito Mountain which is another NM 12er. Your side trip begins between Lake Fork Peak and Pt. 12,819.

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Re: Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

Postby smitty » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:58 pm

We climbed Wheeler this past weekend - up Bull of the Woods and down the steeper trail to the lake. Although there was a little snow in the trees, it was not an issue. I think the loop including Kachina would be dry too.

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Re: Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

Postby TerryLiv » Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:25 pm

Condition of the trail through the woods was wonderful. The forest service or whoever did a great job of clearing downed trees. In the trees the deepest snow drift was only about 2 feet. Above the trees, there was only one 20 ft snow crossing that could be bypassed if desired. One of the most windy days on a peak though when I arrived at 8AM.

Thanks again for the help guys.

Terry

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Re: Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

Postby Monster5 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:36 pm

Thanks for the info - looks like Saturday's a good day for them! SP has a good map/photo report of the Kachina->Wheeler route.
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Re: Wheeler Peak NM avalanche conditions

Postby MtHurd » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:52 am

How long are you going to be working in Red River? Don't forget to check out the Latirs before you leave.

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