Summiting Wheeler Peak

Noah, Richard and I set out for an overnight backpacking trip from the Taos Ski Valley to the highest point in New Mexico: the summit of Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet. Despite suffering intense throbbing headaches from altitude sickness and me vomiting before passing out, the adventure was tons of fun and gorgeous.

Noah, calculating our path with his compass and hand-drawn map.

There was snow in the valley where we camped and a hailstorm in the afternoon. My feet were pretty cold that night sleeping in the hammock at 11,500 feet.


ah wildlife! We saw lots of marmots...

and several big horn sheep

Hurray!! We made it to the top!

We wrote in the register at the summit.

descending back to camp before the altitude sickness really kicked in and kicked our butts

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