Windom Peak Climber's Log

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mtnhiker13 - Aug 12, 2005 3:36 pm

Route Climbed: Standard from Sunlight Date Climbed: August 7, 2005  Sucess!

We climbed this mountain after Sunlight. Fun rock scrambling and airy summit with very nice views (especially of Sunlight and Jupiter). Great day as it didn't rain until we were off the mountain.


Gareth - Aug 9, 2005 11:26 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 3, 2005  Sucess!

We should have turned around! After tagging the summit and signing the register, we proceeded to race down the mountain in an effort to outrun a San Juan monsoon thunderstorm. It caught us. Two different times I heard the ice axes humming, twice we had to try and shelter under overhanging rocks to get some protection from the marble-sized hail and to avoid and any lightning bolts. We were glad that we had left our climbing helmets on as they protected our heads. That hail hurt! I crouched with a rock across my knees to deflect some of the hail. Finally, pummeled, soaked, and cold, I ran up a little ways to retrieve our packs, poles, and axes and we were soon quickly on our way down to the relative safety of Chicago Basin.


ktiffany22 - Aug 8, 2005 4:01 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 6, 2005  Sucess!

What an amazing climb! This was the most fun (and probably toughest of this class) class 2 scramble I've done! The views at the top were amazing as usual:-) The only major bummer is that as we were headed back over to Sunlight (10am), RAIN, sleet, and thunder rolled in... so of course we were unable to bag Sunlight:-( This whole trip was full of rain! No need to worry about snow anymore.... though we did do a great glassade down Windom (didn't need our ice axes)!


jvoss - Aug 1, 2005 1:04 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 21, 2005  Sucess!

Lots and lots of snow. Glad I brought my Yaxtrax, but wish I would have had gators along. Summited about 9:30am then bailed off the main trail for an extended glissade to the snowfield between Windom and Sunlight. Be sure to bring your axe! Went on to climb Sunlight.

Climb On!


pjenson05 - Jul 19, 2005 12:19 pm

Route Climbed: Up through Chicago Basin Date Climbed: July 20, 2001  Sucess!

Looking to go back.

Larry V

Larry V - Feb 7, 2005 12:11 am

Route Climbed: west ridge, from Sunlight Peak Date Climbed: July 1995  Sucess!

climbed with Aaron, easiest of the three fourteeners in this area. The enormous summit blocks are quite impressive.


bakcast - Nov 17, 2004 10:00 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

Being as far into the backcountry as Windom is and running into as many people as I did is precisely the reason I call MT home now. Nonetheless, the Chicago basin is a spectacular area. I can't wait to head into the Needles/Grenadiers someday for an extended trip.


bc44caesar - Sep 15, 2004 8:56 am

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 11 Sep 2004  Sucess!

After descending Sunlight's South Face I walked across the basin and up to Windom's West Ridge. There was quite a bit of snow but it didn't impede progress much. The summit wasn't particularly spectacular and after doing Sunlight's West Ridge the route wasn't very exciting, but still a good time thanks to the great weather! Last San Juan 14er that I hadn't climbed as well!

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - Aug 26, 2004 8:10 pm

Route Climbed: West ridge Date Climbed: June 26, 2004  Sucess!

32 mile day hike: left Purgatory at 12:51 AM, summited at 9:14 AM, returned to car at 6:19 PM. A storm later foiled my attempt at Sunlight and Eolus. Photos


DaveC - May 21, 2004 9:49 pm

Route Climbed: w ridge up, n face down Date Climbed: sept 99  Sucess!

part of 4 days in chicago basin, and oneof the nicer corners of colorado. up and over to sunlight.


f360driver - Apr 14, 2004 6:54 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August/03  Sucess!

Great Climb. Unpredictable wheather.


coloradoiceclimber - Apr 10, 2004 5:39 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge & From Sunlight Peak Date Climbed: September 2, 2001  Sucess!

An awesome finish to a great weekend of climbing!!


xskier77 - Feb 1, 2004 9:53 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 13, 2003  Sucess!

After very technical climbing on Sunlight it was a nice break to summit Windom. Forth peak of the day and a great fealing to reach the summit. I slept very soundly in upper Chicago Basin after this day was over.

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - Jul 27, 2003 10:36 pm

Route Climbed: West ridge Date Climbed: July 14, 2003  Sucess!

Summitted at 6:30 PM in dry weather after climbing Eolus and Sunlight in a 22 hour day hike starting from Purgatory at 5 AM.

Trip report and photos


RyanS - Jul 6, 2003 8:08 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 3, 2003  Sucess!

Windom's got an awesome summit area! Check out my trip report for more information.


rmjwinters - Oct 5, 2002 9:20 pm

Route Climbed: Traverse from Sunlight Date Climbed: July 23 1999  Sucess!

A 9:30am thunderstorm chased me from the summit. Rode out a hail storm at 14k and returned to the mountain goats at base camp in Chicago Basin. These fellas would not leave me alone!


climbcolorado - Aug 18, 2002 2:51 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 8/16/02  Sucess!

A little harder than guide books says but a fun hike!

ctruscot - Jul 4, 2002 8:36 am

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 31, 2001  Sucess!

Did not like this one as it is mostly boulder hopping. Steep scree field on the way down but you get down quick. Did this in combination with Sunlight which seemed easy after this one.


theplugger - Sep 9, 2001 4:49 pm

Route Climbed: Standard route from Chicago Basin Date Climbed: 8-19-94  Sucess!

After taking the Durango-Silverton train to Needleton and backpacking up into Chicago Basin, my husband, Jay, and I did both Sunlight and Windom on this day. As is the rule more than the exception, a storm built up by afternoon, just as we were summiting Windom. We took a chance and made it, then ran down to our campsite in the blinding rain.

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