Peak(s):  Sunlight Peak  -  14,059 feet
Windom Peak  -  14,082 feet
Post Date:  09/08/2013
Date Climbed:   08/06/2013
Posted By:  BirdMan


 Misty Mtn. Hop - Day 2 - Sunlight & Windom  

Our plan (possibly too aggressive) was to get up early, hike the 1,300' up to Twin Lakes and from there go for all three peaks in one day. We were on the trail at 5:30 am and made it up to Twin Lakes shortly after sunrise. The clouds hung ominously over the Sunlight Peak.

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It had rained the night before and the evening's mists had yet to burn off.

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After taking a hard left we ascended to the ridge between Sunlight Peak and Sunlight Spire at roughly 13,700'. The mist still shrouding Sunlight Spire.

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Steve picks his way past the ridge.

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Making it up!

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A little further on, well above tree line with a nice view of the horizon.

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Steve looking up at the remaining route.

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You come to a few rock "windows" - one you don't need to go through but one you do. I think this one is affectionately known as the "Worm Hole".

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A look down on one of the Twin Lakes at 12,500'. Smooth as glass.

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Tom nearing the summit.

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Success! Up on top of Sunlight at approximately 8:15 am - or just under 3 hours from camp.

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But wait, there's more? Ah yes, the (in)famous summit block of Sunlight!

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Touching the summit block would have to do for me. It really wasn't bad getting to that point, but behind the summit block was hundreds of feet to a hard landing below. I was content just to touch it.

Steve and I getting ready to head down and make the run over to Windom Peak - #2 for the day.

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As they say, what goes up must come down. Another look at the Worm Hole.

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To get to Windom from Sunlight we opted to drop down into the Twin Lakes valley and then head up to the Windom ridge. In a way we picked a line between the steep loose face on the left (east) that looked like it went directly to Windom and going all the way to the right (west) to the standard route. For the most part, there was good solid rock on our ascent and we made good time getting up to the ridge.

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The downside of owning your own business? You're always working baby - even on a mountain.

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Steve getting a breather while Tom gets his voicemail.

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We didn't stay long on the summit of Sunlight and shortly after 10 am we found ourselves on the top of Windom Peak!

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Another look back at Twin Lakes with the clouds and mist staying on as unwanted companions.

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If we were going to get all three in one day it was time to head down.

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Back down near Twin Lakes Steve makes the tough stuff look easy.

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We needed to refill our water bottles and you wouldn't believe it unless you saw it - a finger sized stream of water pouring right out of solid rock.

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As we had lunch near Twin Lakes we noticed the clouds that had stayed with us all morning were getting blacker and blacker.

I don't think any of us wanted to admit it, but with hiking in the day before and 2 summits under our belts we were all feeling fatigued. We decided we didn't want to risk going for Mount Eolus with questionable weather rolling in and headed back down to our campsites.

It turned out the be the right decision. The skies opened up and we were soaked before reaching our tents. Eolus would have to wait for the next day.

Misty Mountain Hop
Day 1: Headed In - http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=14295
Day 2: Sunlight and Windom Peaks
Day 3: Mount Eolus and Out - http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=14297



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