Jim Davies wrote:kaiman wrote:The isolation of these mountains and the few visitors, while offering a unique "backcountry experience" impedes your chances of getting help or a quick rescue if something goes wrong.
Don't worry, nobody is ever truly "alone" in Chicago Basin in the summer. And except for the summit boulder on Sunlight, the difficulty of the climbing is lower than on the Crestones, IMO.
I was just about to post the same thing! I thought Chicago Basin would feel really remote... but it was packed when we went. Came across no less than 4 rangers, a whole crew of CFI volunteers (working on Sunlight's Trail), and pretty much every flat piece of ground had a campsite on it within a 3 mile radius.
For what it's worth, I thought Sunlight was MUCH easier than all the hype. Also, height has its advantages. I actually went up and tagged it twice when we got to the summit so we could video tape it and take pictures.
For instructional purposes only...