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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

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I think Day Hiking these peaks is an amazing experience and I really enjoy the punishment. I believe Anton brought the FKT down to 8 hours back in 2013, so with an early start, this guy can have it done before Lunch. I've been back there multiple times and have done many big Day Hikes in the Weminuche to get all the Cents and Bi-Cents. What makes it possible is that most of the trail moves quickly all the way up to twin lakes and with plenty of water sources, you don't have to carry that much. Just make sure you are well conditioned and know that your body can handle the 40 miles and 11K elevation gain. I actually did a R2R2R the spring prior to going for this the first time as a test piece, but a Chicago Basin day hike is defiantly more difficult and stressful on the body. Keys to success are to go on a clear weather day, Know your route, Fuel, Hydrate, Fuel and Hydrate. A fast hiker, no running, no jogging and short breaks should plan on about 24 hours. Your time may vary...

I always wondered what it would be like to get all 5 (Jupiter), so last summer when Lauren (redheadontherocks) was working her way through the 14ers we decided to go for it, starting with the Eolus's and worked our way around to Jupiter. We tracked around 43 miles and 13K gain and completed in 23 hours. Not claiming a first, but I had never heard of anyone going back there and getting all 5 in a day. It it was a pretty cool experience standing on Jupiter at 7pm knowing that it's a 17 mile slog back to the car.
Here is the report she put together: https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/triprepo ... trip=20777
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Long day out, lots of vert, but a great run. Feel free to ping me with any direct questions.

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thebeave7 wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:38 pm Long day out, lots of vert, but a great run. Feel free to ping me with any direct questions.

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If you planned on doing so, + conquering no name saddle, into ruby creek. Followed by P/T, would it be doable in 36hrs without going crazy?
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CaptCO wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:42 pm
thebeave7 wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:38 pm Long day out, lots of vert, but a great run. Feel free to ping me with any direct questions.

Eric
If you planned on doing so, + conquering no name saddle, into ruby creek. Followed by P/T, would it be doable in 36hrs without going crazy?
Well, I guess it all depends on how you define 'doable' and 'crazy'.
I definitely think it would be doable, though I also think it'd be a bit crazy. In the sense of how connecting the Elk Range 14ers is doable. Just depends on your level of crazy. At one point a few years ago I mapped out the most efficient way to link all the Centennials in that region together, I think I estimated it would take 36h as a through hike (unsupported).

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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

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ScreeSurfer wrote: Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:06 pm Hi Shelly+,

Thought I would share a few trips I have done to climb the 4 Chicago Basin 14ers from Purgatory - the first three involved camping - this past summer was a day trip. I really enjoyed the daytrip and had a perfect weather day. Two nights out is nice and comfortable if doing with shorter days or adding other peaks.

11-14-17
Day1: Drive from Denver in the AM to Purgatory, hike to the Twin Lakes/Columbine Pass trail junction - camp
Day2: Climb N. Eolus, Eolus, Sunlight, Windom - hike out to purgatory - sleep in car
Day3: Drive to Denver

12-29-17
Day1: Drive from Denver in the AM to Purgatory, hike to just short of the basin - camp
Day2: Climb N. Eolus, Eolus, Sunlight, Windom - return to tent
Day3: Hike out to Purgatory - Drive to Denver

9-25-18
Day1: Met partner at Purgatory late afternoon, hiked along Animas until past dark and camped.
Day2: Hike to Chicago Basin - make camp - climb N. Eolus, Eolus, Glacier Pt - return to camp
Day3: Climb Windom, Sunlight, Pk Eleven - tear down camp - return to Purgatory in dark - sleep in car
Day4: Drive back to Denver

8-23-20
Day1: Afternoon drive to Purgatory - sleep in the car
Day2: Day trip N. Eolus, Eolus, Sunlight, Windom - return to Purgatory - sleep in car
Day3: Drive to Denver

I started with two 32oz bottles of Gatorade, and refilled both twice at twin lakes and maybe even another bottle at Twin lakes and one in Needle creek so 8 quarts total, I use iodine tablets for water purification. Had a bluebird day and travelled very light but wore full leather backpacking boots the whole way (I like the support and protection amongst rocks). I had a great day and went car to car in 16:53. Here are some times at landmarks so you know what to expect.

Trailhead 5:17
Animas Bridge 6:30
Needle Creek 8:10
Trail Junction 10:10
Twin Lakes 10:55
Eolus after N.Eolus 12:00
Twin Lakes 1:00
Sunlight 2:10
Windom 3:30
Trail Junction 4:50
Animas Trail 6:37
Animas Bridge 8:30
Trailhead 10:10
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

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Thanks for the replies! It's becoming a puzzle for me to calculate how to tag these 14ers. Essentially, you're hiking the same mileage and elevation gain, regardless of whether you camp one night or three nights or don't camp at all [putting aside any debate about the inherent merits of the camping experience]. So, my quandary becomes: is travelling light over a long distance with breaks more efficient than travelling the same distance with extra backpacking weight and an overnight stop? From the comments, key factors for daytripping would be training, water, food, and weather. For me, it makes more sense to tag only two instead of four peaks in one trip. I'm certainly not a fast hiker but a 30-hour sufferfest doesn't intimidate me. I would think that most anyone who's chasing peaks is capable of doing a 40-mile hike with 12,000' vertical. The point is whether they are prepared and willing to try.
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CaptCO wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:41 am Plan to do something like this in July
Alec, what's your plan?
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shelly+ wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:20 am
CaptCO wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:41 am Plan to do something like this in July
Alec, what's your plan?
Smoke grass & run fast
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CaptCO wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:07 pm
shelly+ wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:20 am
CaptCO wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:41 am Plan to do something like this in July
Alec, what's your plan?
Smoke grass & run fast
That's a police report. Not a plan. lol
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shelly+ wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:01 pm
CaptCO wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 1:07 pm
shelly+ wrote: Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:20 am

Alec, what's your plan?
Smoke grass & run fast
That's a police report. Not a plan. lol
I think you have New York mistaken with Colorado. Regardless I can put you on my back in the Weminuche sometime! The more the merrier
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I did it in August of 2017 and it was definitely a long day. Nothing like getting back from Windom and realizing you have 18 miles to your car (beer), haha! I think I started at 5am and finished at 10pm. That climb up from the creek at the end is absolutely brutal, never-ending.

The most memorable part was just after I crossed the Animas river on the way out. It was the time of day where you don't really need a light but close to needing one. I hear all this noise ahead, so I flip on my headlamp and see a black bear standing on hind legs about 20 feet ahead. Then I see the cubs running around making the noises I heard. I didn't no what to do, biut knew I couldn't turn around so I just winged it marched forward.

It was a great day and I highly recommend giving it a go if you think you can make it!
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CaptCO wrote: Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:42 pm If you planned on doing so, + conquering no name saddle, into ruby creek. Followed by P/T, would it be doable in 36hrs without going crazy?
I think the issue with this would be trying to get all the peaks in the daylight, but sure anything is possible. Either way, you would be ascending or descending the N. Pigeon creek bushwhack in the dark, which is beyond my level of fun. P/T in a day is easier and a good warmup for Chicago Basin in a day.
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