Mount Eolus Climber's Log

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Eric Holle

Eric Holle - May 11, 2009 10:57 am Date Climbed: May 6, 2009

Spring snow  Sucess!

Climbed in spring snow conditions on a warm day. The snow was very unstable making the route past the catwalk stechy, so we stuck to the ridge making some 4th class moves in AT boots! Backtracked to N Eolus via the E Couloir for a ski descent, and then the same for Glacier Pt.


byates - Dec 4, 2008 10:36 am

Through the Clouds  Sucess!

August 2007, We were going to get an Alpine start and do Windom and Sunlight that morning, did Windom in the clouds, as we went toward Sunlight the weather seemed to be getting worse so we decided to call it a day, when we got to the stream crossing below The Twin lakes the skies broke a bit and we decided to go for Eolus, it socked in while we climbed the summit but we did get a few breaks for occasional views.


cftbq - Sep 6, 2008 2:36 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2008

No, 3rd time's the charm!  Sucess!

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!


thebeave7 - Aug 27, 2008 10:23 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2008

Purgatory Dayhike  Sucess!

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.


HokieJim - Aug 23, 2008 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008

Second time's a charm  Sucess!

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!


ktiffany22 - Aug 10, 2008 7:15 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008

Scary  Sucess!

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!


spannring29 - Aug 9, 2008 4:14 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2008

10 and 11 of 14  Sucess!

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.


MountainHikerCO - Aug 5, 2008 10:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

Third Time  Sucess!

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!


Kiefer - Jul 25, 2008 5:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008

Standard Route  Sucess!

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.


chicagotransplant - Jul 8, 2008 10:38 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2008

Standard Route  Sucess!

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!


MountainHikerCO - Feb 25, 2008 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2001

Lightning  Sucess!

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.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 25, 2008 9:33 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 1994

From Silverton  Sucess!

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.


tomlauren - Jan 29, 2008 10:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005

Windom - Sunlight - Eolus in a day  Sucess!

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.


gremlin - Oct 24, 2007 4:17 pm

normal route  Sucess!

catwalk is super mellow, linked up with turret for one long day


dr_gonz - Sep 5, 2007 1:47 pm

san juans  Sucess!

I LOVE the San Juans. Chicago basin is all its cracked up to be.

Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Jul 29, 2007 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2007

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Climbed Eolus, N. Eolus, Sunlight, Windom, and Peak 18 on this day. Eolus was overall a great climb.

Scott Rogers

Scott Rogers - Jul 11, 2007 9:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

Fun Climb  Sucess!

Climbed both Eolus and North Eolus in about 3.5 hours round trip from high camp in Chicago Basin.

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Jun 17, 2007 6:39 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2007

First solo!  Sucess!

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!


sbkelley - May 24, 2007 6:17 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006

Standard Route  Sucess!

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.


shknbke - Sep 5, 2006 3:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2006

standard route  Sucess!

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.

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