Apparently I saved the best for last because there was options for legit rock climbing which I opted for for better or worse. Never too committing to not be able to back out of so all in all a more exciting mountain.
Hiked up Sunlight during a backpack trip to the Chicago Basin.
Some minor route-finding trouble on the summit ridge, but not too bad. This is a fun and beautiful mountain! Hubz did the tough moves at the top, not me, I was happy to tag the Geological Survey stamp at the almost-top. :)
Fun climb. Excellent views.
Overcame altitude sickness to do my first 14er! Amazing area! We took the train, which was pretty cool but I could do without it next time...
Thought I was rained out, but made a late start after the rain broke and was able to get this one in. The move off the summit block is the one that makes you pucker, I didn't really think about when I stepped over to get on top.
Did Sunlight and Windom with Kat and Dave.
What a great mountain, we summited this mountain second day of our trip together with Windom Peak.
8/10/05 - Std route from camp in Chicago Basin along with Windom. Opted for the friction finish, not the jump/step across.
12/23/13 - Part of a week long winter trip to Chicago Basin. Backpacked in from train drop at Cascade. Climbed via the South Face, some variation of the standard route. Zipped up Windom afterwards.
I love Chicago Basin!
Early morning summit of Sunlight Peak from Chicago Basin camp (11,000') - a fun scramble with a lot of exposure on the final few moves!
Loose slog on the slopes, fun on top.
From Chicago Basin.
did Sunlinght , then Windom. went back the next day for Eolus
first peak of an awesome weminuche trip! climb to the sunlight-sunlight spire saddle from sunlight basin is the home of nightmares. from there the climb was sweet, and the summit block is pretty simple, just a bit airy. good stuff! onto windom....
Wow, great hike and the exposure on the summit block scared me so much.
west ridge, solo. After getting in to Chicago Basin the afternoon/eve before, Dad worn out, so did this one alone- wanted to do this after guy on Wilson Peak recommended it, & recon’ed that Dad wouldn’t be enjoying the 4th class too much. Left campsite (~10,750’-10,900’) @ 6.53. Made good time- just below notch & start of route @ 9.00. Beginning above notch was definitely crux of route. Rest was easier. Summit blocks not too bad either. Summited @ 10.08. Heard voices shortly after, but when couldn’t see them below, looked up & realized climbers on the spire! When saw leader top out, I was initially envious, but then just enjoyed watching. In racing to repeat summit moves so camera timer could get me, ended up breaking CO Native bottle :( Luckily still had Avery 15.8% ale in bag- more careful next attempt yielded good summit shot w/ beer. Enjoyed phenomenal views from just below summit block. Up 1 last time, then left @ 11.40. Mellow descent down standard route. Back @ camp @ 14.14. I'd recommend the W ridge over the standard route to anyone seeking a more sustained, aesthetic, & fun 4th-class route.
together with Windom.
Duchess stayed below the main summit, fun scramble and fun stand on its small top.