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 Peak(s):  Wetterhorn Peak  -  14,015 feet
Mt. Eolus  -  14,083 feet
Sunlight Peak  -  14,059 feet
Windom Peak  -  14,082 feet
Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
 Post Date:  09/10/2010
 Date Climbed:   09/06/2010
 Posted By:  JakeK

 San Juan Shuffle   

Over Labor Day weekend Andrea (andilee) and I drove from Salt Lake City down to the San Juans. We started by climbing Sneffels via the SW ridge on Friday morning (9/3), then took the train from Silverton and backpacked up to Chicago Basin. On Saturday (9/4) we climbed the four peaks in the Eolus group. On Sunday (9/5) we packed out of Chicago Basin, took the train back to Silverton, then packed into Wetterhorn Basin via the West Fork trail. We finished off the trip with a quick ascent of Wetterhorn on Monday (9/6), then headed back to SLC. I've posted a three part trip report on my blog:

Part 1 - Sneffels

Part 2 - Chicago Basin

Part 3 - Wetterhorn.

We'd highly recommend the western approach for Wetterhorn... its an amazing place to spend the night. I've posted some of the better pictures I took below; there are a bunch more in the individual trip reports.

As everyone who was out last weekend can attest, the weather was absolutely phenomenal! I lived in Colorado for 2 years, and don't remember having a nicer 4 day stretch! :-)

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Sneffels SW ridge

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Blue Lakes, from the pass

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Sneffels from Wrights Lake

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Catwalk to Eolus

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Eolus summit

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Quick work up North Eolus

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Arrow and Vestal

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North Eolus summit

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Lower Twin Lake

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We saw lots of goats in the Twin Lakes Basin

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Scrambling up Sunlight

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Sunlight summit views

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Contemplating the final move on Sunlight's summit

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Windom summit views

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Relaxing on Windom

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No more vertical for the day! :-)

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Looking back up at Sunlight and Windom

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Twin Lakes trail

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Chicago Basin

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West Fork approach to Wetterhorn

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First views of Wetterhorn on our approach

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Our camp in Wetterhorn basin

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Evening glow on Wetterhorn

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Sunset

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Wetterhorn summit

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Coxcomb and Redcliff from Wetterhorn

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North side of Wetterhorn basin

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West Fork of the Cimarron

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Ouray, CO



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (6)
greenwok


Juan More Please!     2010-09-10 18:38:48
Wow - super nice photos allowing us to live it vicariously! Thanks for posting!


mt_turtle


Awesome Shots!     2010-09-10 14:44:29
It was nice to meet you on the saddle of Wetterhorn. If I had your camera that summit shot would have came out a lot nicer. Nice work on the peaks and great photography. Thanks for sharing!


Brian C


San Juan Fest!     2010-09-10 05:59:07
Nice job getting a lot of those peaks done. Love the pictures! What kind of camera?


Doctor No


Really nice photos!     2010-09-10 09:20:30
Your peaks-to-days ratio puts me to shame.


JakeK


Point and Shoot...     2010-09-10 09:39:32
I have a tendency to ABUSE cameras, so I (finally) recently broke down and got a waterproof / shockproof Pentax Optio W90. This was my first trip using it, and I was really pleased. The image quality is great... its almost as light and small as my Canon SD780, but I don't have to worry about breaking it anymore. I think it will really pay off during ski season. I use Hugin to do a quick stitch on my panoramics.


LoneStar


Very nice pix and report     2010-09-10 11:03:34
I enjoy your reports. I think you had a Muir Trail report, with daily videos, posted on another site not to long ago. Good stuff. Keep it up!



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