Peak(s):  Jupiter Mtn - 13,830 feet
Windom Peak  -  14,089 feet
Sunlight Peak  -  14,061 feet
Mt. Eolus  -  14,087 feet
North Eolus  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  07/07/2016
Modified:  08/01/2016
Date Climbed:   07/03/2016
Author:  dillonsarnelli
Additional Members:   ess289, andreasansone, Lady McClimbsalot, nuttelmc, andrewhamilton
 A Return to Chicago Basin   

A Return to Chicago Basin

My first trip into Chicago Basin was in the summer of 2013. Back then the objective was simple. Check off Colorado's 4 most remote 14ers and make it safely back to the train in one piece. By all accounts the weekend was a success, but one thing was certain. I'd be back in the Wemi sooner than later. Over the years that followed I've made good on that promise, with each trip a constant reminder that the Weminuche, the granddaddy of all Colorado's wildernesses, is hands down in a class all by itself.

Recently I had the privilege of sitting next to Elizabeth Stevens and Ryan Kushner at dinner during our annual reunion with the Jansen family. At the time Elizabeth mentioned she had 15 or so 14ers remaining and could use some partners as Ryan would be off in Pakistan for 2 months climbing something I can't even try to pronounce. Not being one to ever really turn down a Wemi trip, I gladly accepted the invitation. Keep reading...

Peaks: Jupiter Mountain (13,830'), Windom Peak (14,082'), Sunlight Peak (14,059'), Mount Eolus (14,083'), North Eolus (14,039')
Date: July 2-3, 2016
Trailhead: Purgatory Flats (8,740')
Distance: ~40 miles
Elevation Gain: ~11,000 ft.
Participants: Andrea Sansone, Andrew Hamilton, Charlie Nuttelman, Danielle Joy, Dillon Sarnelli, Elizabeth Stevens

A Return to Chicago Basin

A Return to Chicago Basin

Comments or Questions
07/07/2016 07:42
Your pics and narrative are always top drawer. Maybe you should give up accounting and become an travel writer? Would make March/April more fun!

07/07/2016 08:01
"As best as you can tell it" is about as good as it gets. Such a treat in prose and pictures!

Must be nice
07/08/2016 12:07
to be able to keep up with Andrew Hamilton, even for couple days AND to take great photos in the process. Great work, Dillon. Jay521 is definitely onto something with the travel writer idea. NatGeo should be calling you shortly.

p.s. I did forget how to walk downhill. Hopefully I won't need crutches! I better remember soon how it's done without the help of any motorized equipment (sticks or wheels).

Outstanding, Dil!
07/07/2016 10:18
You write a mean report; and fantastic photos! Yeah, that first shot - WOW! that's what it's all about!

Looks like a really fun team. As I likely will never get down into that marvelous area, it's nice to be able to enjoy them through you. Thanks for sharing it!

Looking forward to Neva.

You're the best around
07/07/2016 11:54
Nothing's gonna ever keep you down! That's a lot of walking in 36 hours, you loco man.

I'll second Blyth on that...
07/07/2016 15:39
...damn lotta walkin'. But, a damn fine lookin' crew there, Sarnelli. And, yes, you should be a travel adventure writer. Hands down.

07/07/2016 16:52
These pictures are righteous.

07/07/2016 18:24
So cool you got to go back! These pictures are making me jealous. Glad ya'll had a great time

Getting Excited
07/07/2016 21:58
Will be heading there at the end of the month and the blog and pictures are a tease. Taking the train in and out though.

You should give running a try
07/08/2016 07:42
It makes things go way faster....

Good work out there, my man. This is a lot of effort. And time. And walking. My legs ache just thinking about it. Did you find the boogeyman? Rumor has it he lives around Molas Pass this time of year, preying on Sarnelli's once they have given their last ounce of energy trying to re-ascend.

Late August. Wemi. Again. My goal is to not get smoked on the ascent of Jupiter. It's gonna be Humboldt Part deux. You, Jason, and Rick have been warned!

07/08/2016 14:42
Jay - You the man. And I think you mean January through April. I'd give up accounting for just about anything.

Raj - thanks man. Appreciate the kind words!

Natalie - It was a good asskicking, but a heck of an outing. I hope you still remember how to walk down a hill with all your hobbies!

Doug - It was a solid team for sure. The general consensus was that for a group that hadn't done much together previously, we all relatively stayed together and held our own. Andrew was just being nice though.

JB - Is that a Tina Turner lyric? Thanks for the beers Monday buddy. They helped ease the pain and I really missed Taj. If I wasn't loco, you wouldn't hang out with me. And damn good work on Gannett!

Brando - fine looking crew indeed I might only be able to climb 5.5, but yes I can walk. It's a trade off that I'd gladly give up, haha.

dsr1986 - good lookin avatar. thanks dude.

Ashley - Get back in there! You've been a few pretty cool places recently too though. Keep it up.

akafuzzjones - enjoy the trip and glad you liked the TR.

Zabinoinioino - haha, running is hard. If you pull another Humboldt on me, consider us no longer friends. I will still keep in touch with Odie though. You missed the Tina singalong on Monday!

Don't I know you?
07/08/2016 20:19
You just never know who you will run into on a Weminuche adventure.
Great photos, and the whole crew did some impressive stuff in there!

Weminuche draws the best people!!!
07/12/2016 15:11
d_baker- It seems like I'm always running into you in the mountains, lol
Sarnelli- You're a beast!!!

@ Darin & Ellie
07/16/2016 08:03
Darin - right back at ya man!

Ellie - the only beast in these comments is you. In a nice way From T minus 18 to t minus 6 in 2 weeks. Killing it. Nice work!

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