Climbed Eolus after Sunlight and Windom on the same day. This was the hottest afternoon mountain climbing that I have experienced, although there was plenty of snow left from the unusually wet spring. Climbed with Aaron P.
Our first stop after hiking in over Columbine Pass- I really enjoyed the Catwalk. Nothe Eolus was just as fun!
Reached a cloud encased summit without much event other than bad weather...only a small amount of snow around. The clouds parted dramatically for a few minutes for some great views and then we headed back down to the north ridge. Climbed North Eolus and came back down in a barely controlled slide when my camera started buzzing with the thunder not far behind!
now, the catwalk should be easy, unless you miss it and cilmb the side instead of the top. i was on the summit for the start of the first snow of the year. hasty descent, finished a fantastic 4 night stand in chicago basin, and headed fer the train.
It felt so good to have the packs off after the trane ride and the long hike to the base camp at Chicago Basin, that Zach and I decided to get Eolus in right away. We knew that is was sketchy as late in the afternoon as it was, but decided that to get up all three mountains surrounding the basin this attempt was needed. We were making great time and were about 200 verticle feet from the top when the hail started to intensify!! I saw a more direct route that involved some easier 5th class scrambling and left Zach to head for the summit. I was about 100 yards from the summit when a couple cruized past me on the way down and warned me that "the rocks are buzzing". I realized that I should be headding down since there was only (1) second between the lightning and the thunder, but knew that I was already more exposed that I should be. I droped my pack and ran to the summit. I met Zach at about the same place that I left him and we ran most of the way back to camp. It ended up taking us right at (3) hours round trip from our camp at 11,450. Needless to say I slept well after the nearly 6,000' of climbing that day!
This would be the first of 7 San Juan 14ers over the course of a week. The goal for 7 was set so that I could complete the 14ers I had left in the San Juans. After a long backpack to upper Chicago Basin the previous day we set out to summit Eolus, N Eolus, Sunlight, and Windom in one day. The accent of Eolus was very fun taking the East Couloir route. There was just enough snow left to make this an enjoyable route.
Climbed as a 22 hour day hike starting in Purgatory about 5 AM. Summitted just after noon and went on to climb Sunlight and Windom. Trip report.
What a mountain! Please refer to my trip report for my account, conditions, photos, etc.
I climbed Sunlight, Windom, and Eolus with my father and brother in what must have been monsoon season. We spent five days up there and it rained during every one of them, usually right at 2:00 PM. Nice area with very rugged peaks. I should go back.
Climbed from Twin Lakes. The ramps are a bit slippery. Beautiful summit.
Best climb of Chicago Basin
Started in the dark so we were the first ones on the mountain. Back to camp by 10:30 am - way cool. Weather held but it spit rain/snow at us even though we were up there very early in am.
This was our second attempt at doing these three remote 14ers, the first attempt having ended in a rained out trip after camping in Chicago Basin rain for three days the September before. This time the weather was much more cooperative and we got them all climbed. Eolus (and N Eolus as well, though it's not considered a separate 14er) was wonderful fun. I just loved that "sidewalk in the sky"!
Beautiful hike...get up and down off of that summit ridge as soon as you can...weather can come quickly, and you can't see it until you reach the upper ridge near 14,000'.