Windom Peak Climber's Log

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birdhead - Feb 24, 2023 1:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2022

Four in a Day from Camp  Sucess!

Climbed Sunlight, Windom, Eolus, and North Eolus on the same day from our camp high in Chicago Basin. Ended up being around an 11 hour outing with an hour or so chilling on Windom and another hour at the lake before hitting Eolus. Sunlight summit block is not bad on the ascent, but a little tricky on the descent, and I'm 6'2". Windom had an awesome view. The end of Eolus surprised me with its difficulty but we were probably off route a bit. Super fun day!

Matt McCullough

Matt McCullough - Sep 17, 2022 7:58 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2022

Peak #4 of my Chicago Basin odyssey  Sucess!

After climbing Sunlight, I made a more direct descent than the normal route and headed relatively straight toward the saddle of Windom. As a result, I was able to climb Windom pretty quickly (for me, ~45 minutes from the previous summit to reach its top).


BKiser90 - Aug 29, 2022 1:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2022

Chicago Basin #2  Sucess!

Summited after Sunlight Peak. Descended the gully from Sunlight and contoured across the top shelf of the basin and met with the Windom trail and followed it to the summit. The route is difficult class 2 and can easily become class 3 if you get off route. We did one class 3 maneuver on the way up. The views from Windom are EXPANSIVE. Beautiful lakes, basins, and mountains all around. It is also a beautiful peak as it rises prominently above Chicago Basin. Descended back to camp to end our third day in Chicago Basin


JesseSumrak - Aug 29, 2022 10:15 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2022

Sunlight + Windom  Sucess!

Today promised to have better weather, so we started early to get the 2 14'ers on the other side. Started up Sunlight and the Class 3 was a blast on super grippy rock. Made it to the top in quick time and I opted not to do the Leap of Faith (didn't feel right), but enjoyed the amazing hike and peak. Traversed over to Windom for a quick and easy bag before the long hike back to camp. Clear skies all day.


JRaphaelson - Aug 15, 2022 4:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2022

Sunlight, Windom, Eolus, and North Eolus  Sucess!

A tough but rewarding four peak challenge! In your face exposure for most of the day!

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Sep 8, 2021 8:41 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2021

Chicago Basin 4 pack (4th of 4 14ers)  Sucess!

Final peak done in a single day push from the Purgatory TH. Gorgeous day with wind, but too warm for me. Dehydration was an issue. Came from Sunlight. I was really glad to finally have an opportunity to get these done!


yadahzoemtn - Mar 15, 2020 10:04 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2019

Along with Sunlight  Sucess!

My climbing partner had a bout with kidney stones on the descent.


Moogie737 - Aug 30, 2019 10:05 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2019

Combination route with Sunlight 1st, then Windom west ridge  Sucess!

#1 08-26-19 W/ Yadazoemtn. Beautiful weather: warm and a cloudless sky. Had to cross several snowfields in the upper basin to come from Sunlight to the saddle between Windom and Peak 18. Fun scrambling with a well-cairned trail to the unusual summit blocks.


eli.boardman - Dec 27, 2018 11:53 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2018

Standard route from Purgatory Flats  Sucess!

Enjoyed views over Chicago Basin; approached without train (from Purgatory Flats trailhead)


Wheelbarrow - Feb 5, 2018 11:31 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2017

#18  Sucess!

It was like a puzzle to connect the parts of snow that were good enough to get traction with running shoes to achieve the ridge. Nice climber's trail through the boulder pile to the top.

utclimber - Oct 16, 2016 5:15 pm

Windom Peak  Sucess!

In the early 2000s.


RMdaytripsgrl - Jul 21, 2016 6:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2016

Stay on Route!  Sucess!

Did this as a double after Sunlight because we thought "class 2" = "easy". I would not call this class 2 once on the ridge, Class 3 in my book - but we got off route on the ascent-there are cairns EVERYWHERE on this mtn and we were fooled. What we ended up on was some very sketchy very class 3/4 loose gullies and boulders on the N face below the ridge. On the way down (and after a mini-meltdown) the route was much easier to follow and just easier in general. Whatever you do, stay near the ridge crest!


Scott - Nov 3, 2015 6:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Windom  Sucess!

Climbed with my four year old son. See Trip Report.


voxnihili - Aug 17, 2015 11:06 am Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015

Fun  Sucess!

Fun climb. Excellent views.


astroclimber - Sep 20, 2014 9:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2012

Great Trip  Sucess!

Got this one after Sunlight. With Kat and Dave.

Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Jul 30, 2014 8:03 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2014

Amazing views!  Sucess!

Last peak out of four Chicago Basin 14ers, easy hike, great views from top!


triyoda - Jul 15, 2014 12:08 am Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2012

Nice and blocky  Sucess!

Got kind of a late start out of camp due to some early rain, but was able to get this one in. Nice easy scrambling on big blocks.


SarahThompson - Dec 29, 2013 7:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2005

Summer & Winter  Sucess!

8/10/05 - Climbed std route from camp in Chicago Basin after Sunlight.

12/23/12 - Part of a week long winter trip to Chicago Basin. Backpacked in from train drop at Cascade. Climbed the standard route after tackling Sunlight Peak.


MadGrad96 - Nov 1, 2013 7:57 am

Windom  Sucess!

I love Chicago Basin!


DanielL - Oct 9, 2013 1:09 am Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2012

Sunlight-Windom combo  Sucess!

Climbed over from Sunlight and just got Windom before early storms kicked in. This was a straight-forward, more "relaxing" scramble that I'd like to return to sometime!

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