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
Date Posted:  09/10/2010
Date Climbed:   09/06/2010
Author:  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! :-)

Sneffels SW ridge

Blue Lakes, from the pass

Sneffels from Wrights Lake

Catwalk to Eolus

Eolus summit

Quick work up North Eolus

Arrow and Vestal

North Eolus summit

Lower Twin Lake

We saw lots of goats in the Twin Lakes Basin

Scrambling up Sunlight

Sunlight summit views

Contemplating the final move on Sunlight's summit

Windom summit views

Relaxing on Windom

No more vertical for the day! :-)

Looking back up at Sunlight and Windom

Twin Lakes trail

Chicago Basin

West Fork approach to Wetterhorn

First views of Wetterhorn on our approach

Our camp in Wetterhorn basin

Evening glow on Wetterhorn


Wetterhorn summit

Coxcomb and Redcliff from Wetterhorn

North side of Wetterhorn basin

West Fork of the Cimarron

Ouray, CO

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Juan More Please!
09/11/2010 00:38
Wow - super nice photos allowing us to live it vicariously! Thanks for posting!


Awesome Shots!
09/10/2010 20:44
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!
09/10/2010 11:59
Nice job getting a lot of those peaks done. Love the pictures! What kind of camera?

Doctor No

Really nice photos!
09/10/2010 15:20
Your peaks-to-days ratio puts me to shame.


Point and Shoot...
09/10/2010 15:39
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.


Very nice pix and report
09/10/2010 17:03
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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