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 Peak(s):  Mt. Eolus  -  14,083 feet
North Eolus  -  14,039 feet
 Post Date:  08/26/2009
 Date Climbed:   08/17/2009
 Posted By:  jesse

 Solid rock and Goats in the Chicago Basin   

Tom and I left Denver at 7ish to catch the train in Silverton at 2:45, after a nice drive and a good buffet we were off to the Chicago Basin!
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Obligatory train turn shot.
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After the 7 mile approach I passed out hard and woke up to a nasty dehydration headache. While chugging water and following Tom towards twin lakes it got worse and worse so I opted to sleep for 1/2 hour just after taking these shots.
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Sunlight, Sunlight Spire, Windom, & Peak 18
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It seems I had a friend while I was hibernating
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Gods of the Mountain!!!
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The glorious Sun came out and I was feeling much better and stronger, you can see Tom below these beautiful rocks.
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As we hiked the moderate slopes towards Eolus' scrambles the Mt Goats were grazing above us.
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Huge solid rock slabs!!
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We made quick work of the initial scramble up above this weirdly positioned lake.
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The "catwalk" contrasted against Eolus' blocky ridge. You can see a couple of climbers on the "catwalk".
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It's a quick happily solid summit run to N. Eolus
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We had the summit to ourselves and pristine clear skies to view the next day's endeavors.
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Another good look at the traverse to Eolus, sweet solid rock the whole way over. With exposure only on the one side we opted for the more direct ridge climb and it was amazing.
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The first peak of the week!
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After the short down-climb to the saddle Tom and I made quick work of the "catwalk".
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On top of Eolus we met Bear enthusiast Mike(?).
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Rawr!~
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Sunlight The Sunlight Spire & Windom looking nice and dry for summer climbing.
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The rock here is highly recommended for scrambling, its got good exposure, but with bumpy solid rock that your hands and boots seem to just like to stick to.
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We had nothing else to do today but get back to camp so a 35min nap was in order.
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Hazzah for solid stones to play on!!!
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On the way past twin lakes we saw a herd of 17 goats with lots of young ones all over the place.
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We made it down early dip in the ice cold stream and a nip of the SO CO later I ate and slept till 9pm and then again from 10ish till 3:30am readying for the next day of adventure in the Chicago Basin!



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