Peak(s):  Sunlight Peak  -  14,059 feet
Date Posted:  03/26/2013
Date Climbed:   08/29/2011
Author:  rescuemonkey
 Sunlight Summit Block  

We climbed the Chicago Basin group a while ago, but figured I'd post a video of how I reached the summit of Sunlight Peak. I've never read or watched anyone take the natural ramp to the left. Everyone always seems to do the "leap of faith" to the right. This option appeared to be a more natural line to me. See what ya think...

Just a side note. Once you reach the saddle between Sunlight and the Spire, there are multiple routes to reach the summit. One kinda follows the ridge and the other traverses west then straight up. We tried both and arrived at the same time. I've got to admit, this peak was way easier than people make it out to be. I thought Eolus was more exposed and nerve racking.


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 Comments or Questions

03/26/2013 18:12
first ascent?


So That Was You!
03/26/2013 23:18
I posted a discussion about this video recently. Interesting alternative that is for sure.


Considered it
03/27/2013 18:51
I knew about this option and, going in, I thought I would be more likely to use it than the ”leap of faith.” When I actually got there, and had to choose, I just didn't feel like trusting my boot soles' traction quite that far! (That slab is steep, and there's nothing to grab if you should start to slide.) Nice video, though, which should be helpful to future climbers.


Different perspectives
03/31/2013 17:24
Nice video. Ditto on cftbq. I think the standard looks easier but your way is probably an easier descent. That block freaked me out once I was on it - and I'd done exposed routes prior to it. I also did Eolus the next day - sticking to the ridge direct, after the catwalk - and it never frightened me. So I think it's just a matter of each individual and you never know til you stand there.

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