Peak(s):  Sunlight Peak  -  14,059 feet
Windom Peak  -  14,082 feet
Date Posted:  05/17/2010
Modified:  12/08/2015
Date Climbed:   05/14/2010
Author:  benners
 Skiing the Eolus Group: Sunlight and Windom   

TR here:

 Comments or Questions

love that shot
05/17/2010 20:17
with you and Carl and Vestal/No Name Basin in the background. I‘ve always wondered if Wham Ridge has ever held enough snow to necesitate a ski descent, seriously doubt it. Looks like Jagged has a line as well (kidding).

Those meals are somethin else. Fiery hot BBQ sauce? Top 5 best ideas for a backpacking snack right there. I hope you also brought a healthy dose of smoked Tobasco, I could put that stuff on ice cream and enjoy it. Next time, trade the Cutty Sark for a nice flask of Pappy Van Winkle. I recomend the 15 year old aged bottle (110 proof). Cures head colds, broken hearts and campground boredom.


Yeah Ben!
05/17/2010 20:27
Great TR, looking forward to part 2. What an awesome good time!

Brian, don‘t you be dissin‘ my choice of Scotch now...


05/17/2010 20:44
Those are some fantastic photos from Windom (and on Windom) and everywhere else. Love the food information! Nice igloo! Looks like you had a really great group. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!


Tearing it up
05/17/2010 20:58
Not only did you guys grab some epic lines, you managed to make and sleep in a snow cave! Stunning!


scotch, scotch i love scotch
05/17/2010 21:08
Nicely done guys. Good TR.


Cutty Sark?
05/17/2010 22:41
Well done guys, hard core all the way to the choice of libation.

I think the Widowmaker definitely needs a more ominous title.


Great Report Ben!
05/18/2010 03:12
Looks like some intense terrain to be on boards with. Great job to all. And to pack in such good groceries....well, I would have preferred a single malt...but to have anything in the Chicago you feasted like Kings. Way to go! Looks like a trip full of lifetime memories. did you build the igloo?


05/18/2010 03:23
Is there anything this team can‘t do? You guys have been on it all winter!

And little wonder; look at those culinary delectations!

Part II, bring it on.


05/02/2011 14:23
Nice part I recap Ben. Definitely one of my favorite trips to the mountains to date. A unique approach, a secluded camp, challenging climbs, and technical descents, all made with good friends. As for the igloo, all it took was one highly motivated foreman with an ICEBOX (Matt) and an ability to talk his friends into shoveling snow for 5 or 6 hours. Here is a picture that shows the early stages, before it was necessary for Matt to recruit help.


killer trip
05/18/2010 06:01
awesome guys.
building igloos is really hard. harder than skiing 14ers???!


Excellent !!!
05/18/2010 14:20
Enjoyed the reading and photos. Way to knock out two. Sunlight looked tougher than I thought it would be and pretty dicey skiing thru the rocks off the summit. Amazing.


Looks familiar...
05/18/2010 16:19
It was nice to meet you guys up there this weekend, and congrat‘s on getting these peaks climbed & skied!

The weather on Sunday & Monday were bluebird!
Kind of sucks to be back in civilization.

Nice pictures guys, look forward to seeing the rest.



05/18/2010 21:48
Thanks all!

Brian, some of our menu ideas came from you the day we skied Horseshoe! After this trip it‘ll be hard to eat dehydrated backpacking food any time I‘m overnighting in the wilderness. I think we‘re all gonna remain a little spoiled after this one...

aHudge, you can ask Carl what he thinks but in my opinion, building the igloo was right up there next to skiing a peak in terms of caloric output, time, and mental perseverance required. It was a fun experiment but next time we may just stick with a tent.

globreal, there‘s a dude on this forum named Igloo Ed, we used his igloo making device. If you‘re curious to check it out I believe he has a website...

Darin, thanks man! How did you guys end up doing up there?

Easy Rider

Very well done!
05/18/2010 22:42
Looks like the weather made it interesting too. You guys really nailed these lines in prime conditios!


I knew you were a machine...
05/19/2010 15:01
but this is bordering on robotic . I can‘t imagine skiing off that ramp on Sunlight, let alone board it. Fine choice for a meal too. I packed a mashed tater/popcorn-chicken bowl from KFC for my post hike-in meal at Chicago basin while my camp-neighbors chowed down on Mt. House .

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