On July 12, Carol Munch led us on a climb of Wheeler Peak, at 13,159 feet above sea level, the highest spot in New Mexico. We started climbing through the forest from Taos Ski Area and climbed steeply for some time above tree line to the high ridge and on to the summit. From the top, we could see north to the high peaks in southern Colorado and south to the Truchas Peaks and the area where we would start backpacking the next day. On the descent, it started raining when we were near tree line. After the climb, we walked around the square in Taos and enjoyed a fine New Mexican meal.