This was my first climb of Windom, Sunlight & Eolus. I took the train from Silverton to save a day. After getting off the afternoon train at Needleton, I hiked up to treeline and made camp. I was hiking at first light the next morning. I did Windom first, then Sunlight, N Eolus and then Eolus. After tearing down camp I hiked most of the way to the trailhead before sundown. I then caught the morning train to Silverton and drove back to Denver that afternoon.
From camp in Chicago Basin, climbed the Northwest Face of Windom Peak, the South Slopes up to Sunlight Peak, and then the Northeast Ridge of Mount Eolus with my friend Jason. I bonked on the way up Eolus and felt pretty miserable on the summit. Didn't recover until after a two hour nap in the tent back at camp.
catwalk is super mellow, linked up with turret for one long day
I LOVE the San Juans. Chicago basin is all its cracked up to be.
Climbed Eolus, N. Eolus, Sunlight, Windom, and Peak 18 on this day. Eolus was overall a great climb.
Climbed both Eolus and North Eolus in about 3.5 hours round trip from high camp in Chicago Basin.
Tons of snow! Climbed the east coulior to gain the summit ridge. Looking down on the Animas River nearly 6000 feet below was really sweet!
My final 14er was a great one. The Catwalk was cool and the scramble to N. Eolus gave a good view of the whole region.
Climbed Eolus after N. Eolus on a superb day. The weather held all day to make it over to Glacier Pt, Sunlight, and Windom as well. The catwalk is a walk in the park and the climb of the ledges on the face was a blast.
A fantastic route - loved the catwalk and the ledges were also fun scrambling.
Beautiful day on Aeolus & N. Aeolus
It sucked...take your time and enjoy it.
Climbed from Ruby Basin via the gully between North Eolus and Glacier Point. It was my first significant snow climb and I sure loved it. =) Once there, climbed North Eolus - Catwalk (underwhelming, actually) - and Northeast Ridge of Eolus proper. I even posed naked for a summit photo; a mighty fine day indeed.
Straight up the South Slope/Ridge from our camp in Chicago Basin.
Stunning area, and lots of rain makes me want to go back and actually have a view from the summit.
See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/mount_eolus
Piles of hail on the ledges to the summit made things interesting. What a place! 56th 14er!
Memorable. Mist boiling in the western gully and spilling over across the catwalk. Good view to Sunlight and Windom.
It took a little while to get to the top due to the weather, but it was well worth the trip!