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.
Climbed Eolus, waited out a storm at Twin Lakes for 4 hours, ran up Sunlight and had to wait out 3 more storms and finally summitted at 6pm. Took my shoes off for summit block due to wet rock. Not that exposed. Then did Windom at 7:30pm
Climbed with Eolus and Windom enroute from Chicago Basin to Ruby Basin. After the quality route on Eolus, this one wasn't much fun. The summit was the only memorable part.
Had a bit of a rough start with nausea and rain competing for the summit. Pushed through the sickness and waited out the storm for a successful summit. Chose not to climb that last rock since I wasn't at 100%, but touched the summit. Came back to my poles and pack I had left at the notch to find a marmot had made a tasty snack out of one of my pole handles... :)
Climbed with Paul Wenger ... then over to Windom. Perfect trip!
8th 14er this year.
We waited out two days of rain in the Chicago Basin... finally went for it on the third day despite morning showers. Turned back at the gully when a thunderstorm came in fast. Waited that out and summited in the early afternoon. I was on the summit block when small hail started falling from a wandering cloud. Got down quick and climbed a second time with my partner, PhenomenalWoman, in blue skies and sunshine. Sat on the summit rock and took a leap of faith.
My sixteenth wedding anniversary!
The summit was nice, and the gully not as bad as feared. End of a day-trip from Purgatory. Trip report.
with Tim, camped in Chicago Basin
Like a pony
Yeah, lots of fun doing the west ridge loop. Summit was fun too, easier than I anticipated.