Dustiano and I got off to a late start leaving Chicago Basin at 9:15am. We were tired and sunburned by the time we got to the summit. A word of caution, once you leave the trees in Chicago Basin, there is no shade until you return. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and our late start was rewarded with endless views and perfect sunshine.
What a thrill! Summit move was a bit easier than I expected but still plenty exposed. I was able to reach across the gap with both hands and one foot and use my other foot to push myself across. The jump/hop back is far worse because the landing is tougher. Amazing views from the summit. We were the only group on Sunlight for the whole climb.
There is one section where routefinding is tough at the very end. You have to find a crack which leads to a higher ledge and the alcove that Roach mentions. The crack is probably the hardest part of the climb.
Loved the summit dot!
My worst hiking mistake ever was not bailing on this mountain for another day. The summit rocks buzzed with electricity from the nearby storm; I'm frankly a bit ashamed to say I climbed it, given my stupidity. I'm grateful and lucky to be home safe and able to type this.
most fun and exhillerating summit ever!!! I really felt like I was on a airie mountain. we were the only ones to actually climb the summit rock that day.
Nice summit !!!
Snowed on the summit that day. After summitting, I hiked out to Purgatory, making for a 20-mile day.
See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/mount_eolus
Summit block gave me a semi :) Too much wind for my comfort to stand, next time. Not the hardest 14er in Colorado by any means... 57th 14er!
Hated the scree. Much preferred the previous day on Eolus, though the weather was beautiful.
A challenging climb, but well worth it!
Camped at Chicago basin first night, then made the climb to the upper basin for the second night just under Eolus. Summited Sunlight and Windom, leaving Eolus for the next day. Unfortunatly my girlfriend got a touch of Altitude sickness, and while she encouraged me to do Eulous without her, I was a good boyfriend and we hiked out. So, I'll have to go back! It's a wonderful hike, and the solitude is great!
Watch out for Marmots! A funny story: (No This is NOT an Advert. for Marmot Mtn Works!) When we were approching our tent after summitting, we heard some rustling from within. As we got closer (Ice axes at the ready of course) a couple of large Marmots came scurrying out of the tent.
Upon arriving at the tent and inspeting the damage, they had cut a hole in our Tent, (North Face), torn up a couple shirts (North Face), my girlfriend's sports-bra, (yep, you guessed it, also North Face), and tore a North Face jacket.
What was not touched: Two Marmot Mtn Works down sleeping bags, a Marmot Mtn Wrks coat, and a Marmot Mtn works T-shit as well as some long underwear.
I guess they [marmots] didn't like the competition!
Anyway, its a beautiful climb, and I am looking forward to my return when I will complete Eolus! The train ride is really cool!
One of the most enjoyable 14ers I've done to date. Lots of fun class 3 scrambling through big clunky blocks. The view when you pop outa the keyhole is amazing. The last few hops to the final summit block are kinda exposed. Didn't use a rope, but jumping down from the summit blocks made my palms all sweaty like a schoolgirl. Seemed to be multiple routes on the south slopes. There are cairns everywhere, routefinding is quite easy.
We managed to get into the class 4 climbing near the summit and we loved it! The final jump to the summit rock was exilirating. Loved this mountain.
Lots of fun! Be sure to look carefully for the route near the top. Defiantly the most thrilling summit to stand up on!
Climbed in combo with Windom. Snow, snow, and more snow! Bring your Yaxtrax (crampons are overkill) gators, ice axe AND something to use for glissading.
Crowded Chicago basin was lacking for available campsites and the mountain goats are downright agressive. Be sure to check out the old mine on the left side right after the main crossing of the stream.
I climbed this in combination with Mount Eolus and I wanted to climb Windom but weather set in as we summitted Sunlight. This was a day hike as a part of a larger backpacking trip. The climb was tough but the summit block wasnt, I easily gained access to it and spent a good share of my summit time up there. I love these 3 peaks, they are remote and a blast to climb.
Early morning snow climb (1995 was a big snow year) from our camp site at 12,400'. Good conditions - did Sunlight, Windom and Eolus, then moved campsite back down into the trees. Climbed with Aaron P. Enjoyed the train ride.
There is nothing quite like looking off of the NF into the beutiful Needles!
Climbed up the classic West Ridge in beautiful weather. Snow on the northern aspects complicated things slightly at the start, but most of the route was a real joy and a lot better than the slog up the South Face!