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Postby herdbull » Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:58 pm

climbed/hiked Windom, Sunlight, Mt. Eolus & North Eolus in one trip? Just wondering how doable this is in one day. I'm thinking the weather would really have to cooperate and not brew up any mid day storms. Also, I see leaving the car by 3:00-3:30 a.m. but I still don't think that will help much with a mid day storm

I kinda cruised through the trip reports and didn't see much. If someone has done one please pass it along.

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Postby dpage » Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:03 pm

I was planning on taking the train to the TH. I thought the approaches from cars involved LONG backpacking.

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Postby BAUMGARA » Sat Apr 21, 2012 6:10 pm

So no choo choo train? Parking at Purgatory? People have done the 4 in one day but you have to camp.
This is the best example I recall seeing.
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=9146&parmpeak=Mt.+Eolus&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include

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Postby JA_son27 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:06 pm

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Postby rijaca » Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:22 pm

All four 14ers in the Chi Basin have been done from the Purgatory TH in 14 hrs RT.
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Postby speth » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:00 pm



:shock: That's ironman. Ridiculous.
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Postby Matt Lemke » Sat Apr 21, 2012 8:23 pm

Try the Chicago Basin Challenge...

Start and end in Denver (you have to climb the peaks as well :D )...you have 24 hours
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Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:08 pm

BAUMGARA wrote:So no choo choo train? Parking at Purgatory? People have done the 4 in one day but you have to camp.
This is the best example I recall seeing.
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=9146&parmpeak=Mt.+Eolus&cpgm=tripmain&ski=Include


That was a fun trip.




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herdbull wrote:climbed/hiked Windom, Sunlight, Mt. Eolus & North Eolus in one trip? Just wondering how doable this is in one day. I'm thinking the weather would really have to cooperate and not brew up any mid day storms. Also, I see leaving the car by 3:00-3:30 a.m. but I still don't think that will help much with a mid day storm

I kinda cruised through the trip reports and didn't see much. If someone has done one please pass it along.

Thanks.



Sounds like you're interested in a daytrip from the car. If you are in very good shape and capable of a very long day, I think it's quite doable in under 24 hours.

It might be more enjoyable to bring some lightweight bivy gear, get in and get some sleep, then do all four in a day and out. Mostly because, unless you live near there, you'll likely get to the parking lot in the afternoon. Nothing much else to do with the rest of the day, and why sleep in the car when it's more fun to sleep in the basin?

But if you plan to arrive at night and sleep in the car, a 3am start should reasonably get you all four and back to the car by Midnight, if you're fit... but the overnight thing allows you to get back to the car a little sooner, which is handy if you're planning to drive back that night. Otherwise it's two nights in the car, and no nights in that beautiful wilderness.... Which is partly why at least one night is recommended in the Basin even for those getting all four in a day. Too nice to pass up.

But the short answer to your question is yes, and you don't have to be an elite athlete or anything.

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Postby herdbull » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:42 am

Aww poop. My bad. In my over excitement of putting together my upcoming trip I blew right past the train ride part - lol. Hence the thinking that the Chi basin approach was the "start" and then the climbing.

I do see a couple options here though. I'm not opposed to leaving for a long trek at any time of day. Pending an over night storm, minimal sleep could be found anywhere along the trail. Just pull up a log and close your eyes. Get up, eat a little something and continue on. This whole 2 1/2 weeks is just planned around hiking, climbing & taking in new sights. I'm coming out solo and will be car camping so there really isn't an agenda and no one else to have to run things by.

One of the things I learned last summer is that I found myself with entire afternoons of nothing. Up early and back to the car (truck) by late morning. I kept thinking I should just drive to the next mtn and start hiking instead of waiting for the next morning. I could do that with this longer day trip.

I do have all the bivy gear so that is an option as well. It would be sort of a mini adventure in the middle of the bigger adventure. A choo choo ride would be kinda neat :) too. I've never been on a real train. I think I'll throw these 4 on the list and plan a 2 day window for them. Thanks for the thoughts and TR's everyone.

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