After being stopped by hard snow 3 years earlier, and lost in the fog a month earlier, successfully climbed this awesome peak under gradkually clearing skies. Fourteener #40!
Dayhike run from the Purgatory trailhead. 42miles and 12000ft gain/loss over a beautiful route. Perfect weather and a great day out, though the trail was busy.
Turned back at the catwalk my first attempt in 2005, but made it up this time! Climbing above the catwalk felt every bit as steep as it looks!
Due to weather, this return trip to the Basin allowed us to go past the catwalk this time. This was my 48th different 14er summit and I have to admit that it was one of my least favorites. I was not a fan of all of the exposed ledges that you must traverse. And class 3? Well, our route-finding abilities must have been in the toilet that day as we definitely made some class 4 moves. It was good to get back down safe in the basin!
Tenth and eleventh of 14 14ers in 11 days, when combined with N. Eolus. After hiking in from Needleton and retreating to our tents to escape the rain, we stepped out to clear skies at 5:00 pm and decided to go for it. The weather was incredible and we were on the summit for sunset. Unfortunately, only one of us remembered to pack a headlamp, so the going was slow on the way down.
We were fortunate with the weather. No rain the day we hiked in. The following day we started at 2:45 am. We lost the trail to Eolus for a stretch in the moonless dark after passing Twin Lakes. We got N Eolus first, then Eolus. It was then over to Sunlight. I have stood on that summit block before so this time I was content to tag the top. On the way down Sunlight we had some rain with hail. It cleared up though for our climb of Windom. We were back to camp at 11,500' at around 5:30. The goats were waiting for us!
The "Catwalk" is way over-rated. The actual climb up the east face was pretty cool. Tacked on N. Eolus at the end. Weather was absolutely horrible.
Need to get back for the others.
Climbed the standard route with Jamie Nellis and also traversed over to North Eolus and Glacier Point. Fun route, although we thought "catwalk" was a misnomer, its a lot wider than we expected. Great views from Glacier Point of all the 14ers in the basin, a worthy side trip!
This was my second climb of Windom, Sunlight & Eolus. More significantly this group represented my wife finishing all the fourteeners. We did Eolus & N Eolus first, then over to Sunlight and finished with Windom. The weather was an issue. It was rained some during the day and lightning was striking as we descended back into the valley after completing the mountains.
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.