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!
Loved the climbing above the catwalk. The exposure was great and all the ledges. North Eolus was fun too.
Great exposure. Can't wait to get back to Chicago Basin.
Loved the climb, it was challenging, and the exposure was exhilarating, I definitely recommend it.
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.