Me, my mom, step dad, and Mike got on the train to head up to Needleton at 9 AM, and arrived at Needleton around 11:45 AM. Me and Mike took off to go get a good campsite, and possibly try at a peak if weather was good.
Unfortunately weather wasn't good so me and Mike set up camp and hung out. We went down to the creek to help filter some water, and while we were messing around on some rocks, Mike slipped and dislocated his shoulder. My Mom went to find some help, and found a group of three that helped us a ton. Mike couldn't climb with a dislocated shoulder, so my Mom walked down with him to the train the following morning.
I woke up at 4:00AM the next morning to go get the 4 combo. I got the first glimpse of daylight after the ramp on Eolus.
North Eolus is a quick summit from the Eolus/North Eolus saddle.
I summited North Eolus and got a good look of the route up Eolus.
I went back down to the saddle, and went across the catwalk. The catwalks one of the coolest parts of this whole group.
The best way to describe how the climbing on Eolus is, is a staircase with gigantic steps.
I summited Eolus around 7AM.
I jogged back down to the Twin Lakes area, and started to walk up to the Sunlight/Sunlight Spire saddle. Sunlight spire looks intense!
I scrambled up some rocks and got to the window thing that you crawl through.
Shortly after the window comes the infamous summit block.
I climbed up the summit block, which I found to be more exposed than the knife ridge.
I went back down Sunlight, and went across a big talus field to get to Windom's saddle.
Looking at Sunlight from the Windom saddle.
Windom is a huge pile of talus.
It took me 25 minutes to reach Windoms summit from the saddle.
I headed back down to our camp from Windom and ran into a couple groups of goats.
I met up with my step dad at twin lakes and we headed back to the campsite. We still had plenty of time to catch the train so we decided to pack up camp.
one last look at Chicago Basin.
We packed up camp, caught the train, and met up with my Mom in Durango.
Mike got his shoulder back in place, and was feeling a lot better. It took 4 people to get his shoulder back in place.
This group of mountains was awesome. They were remote, rugged, and fun to climb. I know Mike plans on heading back when his shoulder gets better. Awesome weekend minus the shoulder injury!