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 Peak(s):  Mt. Eolus  -  14,083 feet
North Eolus  -  14,039 feet
Sunlight Peak  -  14,059 feet
Windom Peak  -  14,082 feet
Jupiter Mtn  -  13,830 feet
 Post Date:  01/07/2014
 Date Climbed:   12/25/2013
 Posted By:  SarahT
 Additional Members:   Summit Lounger, dsunwall
 Christmas in Chicago Basin   

Four of us spent a memorable week over the Christmas holiday climbing the Chicago Basin 14ers. Here is a LINK TO MY TRIP REPORT.

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  • Comments or Questions
jesse


Fantastic     2014-01-07 23:33:52
What an amazing report!! Great work toughing through and getting awesome winter summits!


dillonsarnelli


wow...     2014-01-08 00:28:02
this is excellent Sarah... what a great report!


dehrlich101


What a way to spend Christmas!     2014-01-08 06:25:27
Congrats on #55,56,57 and 58. That is a longggg trudge though the snow to those peaks. The end is within sight, good luck to you on Mount Elbert.

PS. I feel the same way every time I leave the San Juan's. It is hard to leave such an amazing place, but it's good to know that it will always be there for a return trip.


BostonBD


Incredible!     2014-01-08 06:22:30
Awesome work and excellent photos. Every photo is a favorite!


BillMiddlebrook


Wow     2014-01-08 06:26:44
Great job, Sarah And the photos are absolutely gorgeous.


goingup


This is seriously amazing.     2014-01-08 07:52:03
And my most favorite trip report ever.


benners


Congratulations!     2014-01-08 07:55:34
Looks like amazing trip, Sarah. Those sunrise shots are incredible. Xmas day on Jupiter sounds pretty cool too. Just Elbert left huh?


Monster5


Congrats Sarah and crew!     2014-01-08 08:41:01
Impressive work! I'm aching just reading about all that work. the hand jammies explain Dominic's glove tape job, perhaps. I like reading about the fear paralysis of sorts and I can imagine Dominic's thoughts during the catwalk rope suggestions. Also, you didn't disappoint with a pic of Dwight next to the raging cascade fire

Best of luck with the mighty Elbert and thanks for the awesome card! Steph really liked the magnets and tried to steal them from me.


SuperPolok


PICTURES!     2014-01-08 08:42:57
Wow Sarah, amazing pictures. What I am always amazed at is that you always find the presence of mind to take pictures despite the difficult terrain, and what great pictures. Congratulations to you all on the amazing accomplishment!


Mountain Ninja


Brilliant!     2014-01-08 08:53:18
Man, that is quite a write-up! I was on the edge of my seat, especially with your story of Eolus. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment, you guys!!


Jay521



Holy Cow     2014-01-08 09:13:45
Incredible. Simply incredible...


wooderson


Big congrats     2014-01-08 09:21:06
Sarah, I'm glad the stars aligned for you and the rest of the crew for this. Enjoyed reading all of your introspection and how you coped with your fears (and here I always just assumed you were fearless!).

A week in the winter backcountry has got to take some serious mental toughness. Well, that and spending a whole week with that crazy Summit Lounger dude.

Huge congrats and good luck on Elbert.

Sarah


mjsherman


Great Job!!     2014-01-08 09:29:54
Steve would be proud of this accomplishment. He loved Chicago Basin.


sunny1


Stunning!     2014-01-08 09:32:06
Adventure, perseverance and photography!
Congrats to all of you!
Thank you for posting - I really enjoyed the read.
My palms got sweaty on the Catwalk and summit approach with you!

Huge congrats!


I Man


Theres nothing I can say     2014-01-08 09:35:47
That I haven't said before, but wow!!
Your reports never dissappoint. A huge Congratulations to getting this done, and safely. 58 down, 1 to go. Cannot think of anyone more deserving. Dom, Dwight & Greg....good stuff guys! Congrats.

I could hardly contain my excitement as the SPOT messages came in, especially Eolus. My friends out East sure didn't understand


JosephG

Wow.     2014-01-08 10:03:28
What an amazing trip. Congrats to all. The report was excellent--lots of great photos and a good balance of text.


TomPierce


Congrats!     2014-01-08 10:45:22
Sarah (and team): Hearty congratulations! A superb report (loved the photos) and even greater accomplishment. Well done, and good luck on Elbert.
-Tom


bergsteigen


Simply Amazing!     2014-01-08 10:56:30
Thanks to your description and photos, I don't have to imagine what it would be like to climb those beasts in winter snow! Makes me glad that spring ski snow is much more forgiving, as looking at that couloir and snowy slopes gets me excited!

Congratulations on coming near the end of a long tough journey! I hope you fully enjoy Elbert, once you've recovered.


KeithK


Unreal     2014-01-08 11:06:23
Like it's a newsflash, but you were and still are the biggest inspiration for my 14er quest. I'm almost sad to see you so close to being ”done”, especially knowing that you'll likely not be climbing many 14ers in the future. Congratulations, Sarah, your accomplishment is truly exceptional and somewhat incomprehensible to me.


Alpine


Wow!!!     2014-01-08 11:07:03
Totally amazing!

Congratulations on the accomplishments!


FireOnTheMountain


Enjoy the Ride     2014-01-08 11:21:37
Very enjoyable read Sarah! I'm sure Steve was smiling down on you guys after seeing that ridge go.

Second the notion about Greg's calm demeanor, its infectious.

Great job to all!


mtgirl


Humble and Inspiring !     2014-01-08 11:52:32
You are both extremely humble and extremely inspiring. You are reaching a goal that is truly beyond comprehension for most of us mere mortals. It's refreshing to see you write about your fear. Fear keeps us grounded and thinking clearly. It's been a great journey following your skills soar over the years. Thanks for sharing your experience and awesome photography skills with us. Wishing you a lifetime of safe travels.


druid2112


Kudos     2014-01-08 13:05:45
Looks like a blast, what a holiday.


Zambo


Fabulous     2014-01-08 13:17:24
It's funny....I was just reading Steve's trip on this from a few years ago. Your TR is a great follow up to that and a terrific accomplishment. great work to all.


AndYouSeeMe


Oh yeah!     2014-01-08 14:04:22
Haven't even had the chance to read the whole thing yet but so far it is amazing. What an incredible effort and a great way to set-up for an Elbert finisher.

Very inspiring and full of the typical amazing photos.

edit: just finished and the rest did not disappoint. very impressive and with a solid team.


jbchalk


Absolutely stunning & inspiring!     2014-01-08 14:22:59
Loved every word & picture! Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment. Now, that's a great holiday!


DArcyS


Of course Steve was watching . . .     2014-01-08 14:50:41
If you look at the photo with Jagged in the background (and a couple other images), you can make out a cross on presumably North Eolus.

Nice trip report Sarah, and congrats to all.


Chicago Transplant


Congrats!     2014-01-08 15:08:51
Glad to see this one posted, thanks for sharing! What a great holiday adventure, nothing like the Chicago I was in for the holidays
Good luck with Elbert, what a great second-to-last to set it up!


Dad Mike


Congratulations Sarah     2014-08-12 17:13:45
Your trip reports are thoughtful, beautiful, whitty and inspiring and this one is no exception. Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment.


summitbound


Congrats Sarah..     2014-01-08 15:51:19
A truely amazing accomplishment and a greast TR..

You prob don't remember me but my son (7yrs old at the time)and I climbed Culebra with you many years ago..

Congrats again!!


SurfNTurf


Wow.     2014-01-08 15:54:48
That is all.

Congrats.


screeman57


Holy Schneikies.     2014-01-08 17:20:08
I think that might be my favorite trip report ever. Awesome.


emiller6


Epic...     2014-01-08 18:36:50
...journey, and awesome camera work as well. Well done!


Yikes


great job!     2014-01-08 18:52:55
I don't imagine that trench is still there.... ;)


MtnHub


!!!!!!!     2014-01-08 20:10:49
It seems redundant and inadequate to add any more superlatives!! Thanks so much for sharing your trip!


slaggbottom


Beautiful!     2014-01-09 15:27:53
Thanks for sharing this amazing adventure. Chicago Basin looks so gorgeous in winter. Great work with the photos!


jmanner


Great report     2014-01-10 08:12:08
Great report! Extremely well written! That ridge up Eolus looks exciting and fun!


piper14er


Sarah T     2014-01-10 10:23:21
T for tremendous
T for team
T for thrilling
T for trip report


Wish I lived in CO


Pictures, Pictures, Pictures     2014-01-10 12:20:14
I never realized that Eolus was actually a volcanoe. That's what your sunrise approach pics of it look like anyway. That moment is worth the trip right there. Climbing Eolus was hard enough in summer - it looks impossible in winter. Kudos on a great climb and a great trip.


OmahaAdam


Loving the pics!     2014-01-11 22:05:50
I had the fortunate timing of listening to Inception as I read through the trip report. Not that the photos needed any more drama! Great TR!


TheOtherIndian

Surreal!!     2014-01-13 12:23:24
The area looks even more pristine in winter!! Thanks for the mountain porn and congrats!


SarahT


Thanks!     2014-01-15 14:42:06
Thanks for all the kind and encouraging words everyone! Hope to see you out in the hills.


sdunnavant

Great post!     2014-01-18 11:42:53
I've read through this post twice, really good stuff. Thanks so much for sharing! My family and I were in Ouray that week and although I got in some quality snowshoeing I wasn't able to make it that far out and up. Thanks again and keep up the good work!


greenwok


Super Fine!     2014-01-18 20:50:58
Man - that is one super fine report all around!


maverick_manley


Awesome!     2014-01-21 17:30:49
Congrats...! I'm honored to have run into you from time to time during your journey.



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