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Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by shelly+ » Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:40 pm

Curious to hear from those of you who've done any of the Chicago Basin peaks from Purgatory without camping. I've looked at reports from seano (FKT), redheadontherocks (5 peaks), illusion7il (multiple trips), WildWanderer (solo), and thebeave7.

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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by brerrabbit » Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:10 pm

I've done 2 trips to Chicago Basin via Purgatory and 4-5 trips to Vestal Basin via Molas Pass which is somewhat similar. The Purgatory daytrip works well when you can make good time on the ~9 mile flattish section, consisting of 4 miles of slight downhill to the Animas then about 5 miles of flattish rollers to the typical train drop site. The worst part is the final mile back to the Purgatory TH which has ~800 feet of uphill. One of my Purgatory daytrips I hit the Animas flattish rollers in the early afternoon and it was very hot since it's fairly low altitude which caused a mild bonk so be ready for that and possibly increase fluids. I've also done some gatorade drops on my way in where I'll hide an 8 oz Gatorade/sports drink to have on the way out. On my Vestal trips I've done two sports drink drops which I found very helpful in preventing bonking. Overall I'd recommend it, particularly if you have some experience with high mileage days.
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by Matt Lemke » Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:33 pm

Im pretty sure Eric Gilbertson did that last June when he got the fkt for all the centennials.
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by quackquackcolorado » Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:37 pm

This was something I did awhile back to finish my last four 14ers. Would I do it any again or recommend it? Hell no. I think it turned out to be like a 27-hour sufferfest. The only reason why I did it was because I didn't start backpacking yet, so I had to dayhike it to finish the 14ers.

I don't think I would ever pay for the train to visit Chicago Basin, so if I had to do it again, I would do an overnighter to tag all four 14ers.
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by nyker » Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:09 pm

Personally I liked doing that trip as a multi day trip rather than an endurance-a-thon to get all four and back in one day.

The hike in from Purgatory is nice along the river in Aspen groves and then the areas where you can camp up near the basin are wonderful.

I hear its more crowded these days so maybe that would change my view of camping there, but when I camped for two nights I didn't hear any other peeps (human anyway) either night. I've done many long hikes including Lake Como 14es as day trips, Mt Whitney, Half Dome/Clouds rest combos and they were not bad, but to do Chicago Basin in one shot I think I would not enjoy it and be stressed out the whole time and if you do in one day you are sort of forcing yourself to summit in whatever weather you have on the day, which could be a bad idea or at least miserable. Staying over a night or two gives you more options and enables you to get some rest and enjoy the area back in there, which even if you live nearby isn't easy to get to so if you're gonna do it, do it while maximizing chances of success, which I think is better done over more time without rushing and with proper gear.
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by RETEP 1 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:32 pm

Soooo mine doesn’t technically count because I camped but I guess it depends on how fast you plan on moving. I was trying to pack in a few things that weekend so I didn’t get to the trailhead until 430 pm. Family dropped me off and went to their hotel room in Durango. I was at Chi Basin just before 9. Set up a hammock and slept until a goat woke me up at 5. Those suckers are really friendly in the basin. Left the basin at about 530, Sunlight-Windom-Eolus-N Eolus and back to the trailhead by 4pm. About 15 hours on the trail, I was, and am, at a 10 year low on fitness but depending on your pace; pretty doable. I would definitely echo the Rabbits comment about staying hydrated, but I’ve always been notoriously bad at that.
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by nyker » Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:34 pm

Ah, the goats...they woke me up more than once rubbing into my tent. And I met one on the trail at 4am, staring at me. Freaked me out until I knew it was a goat.
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by ScreeSurfer » Thu Jan 21, 2021 10:06 pm

Hi Shelly+,

Thought I would share a few trips I have done to climb the 4 Chicago Basin 14ers from Purgatory - the first three involved camping - this past summer was a day trip. I really enjoyed the daytrip and had a perfect weather day. Two nights out is nice and comfortable if doing with shorter days or adding other peaks.

11-14-17
Day1: Drive from Denver in the AM to Purgatory, hike to the Twin Lakes/Columbine Pass trail junction - camp
Day2: Climb N. Eolus, Eolus, Sunlight, Windom - hike out to purgatory - sleep in car
Day3: Drive to Denver

12-29-17
Day1: Drive from Denver in the AM to Purgatory, hike to just short of the basin - camp
Day2: Climb N. Eolus, Eolus, Sunlight, Windom - return to tent
Day3: Hike out to Purgatory - Drive to Denver

9-25-18
Day1: Met partner at Purgatory late afternoon, hiked along Animas until past dark and camped.
Day2: Hike to Chicago Basin - make camp - climb N. Eolus, Eolus, Glacier Pt - return to camp
Day3: Climb Windom, Sunlight, Pk Eleven - tear down camp - return to Purgatory in dark - sleep in car
Day4: Drive back to Denver

8-23-20
Day1: Afternoon drive to Purgatory - sleep in the car
Day2: Day trip N. Eolus, Eolus, Sunlight, Windom - return to Purgatory - sleep in car
Day3: Drive to Denver

I started with two 32oz bottles of Gatorade, and refilled both twice at twin lakes and maybe even another bottle at Twin lakes and one in Needle creek so 8 quarts total, I use iodine tablets for water purification. Had a bluebird day and travelled very light but wore full leather backpacking boots the whole way (I like the support and protection amongst rocks). I had a great day and went car to car in 16:53. Here are some times at landmarks so you know what to expect.

Trailhead 5:17
Animas Bridge 6:30
Needle Creek 8:10
Trail Junction 10:10
Twin Lakes 10:55
Eolus after N.Eolus 12:00
Twin Lakes 1:00
Sunlight 2:10
Windom 3:30
Trail Junction 4:50
Animas Trail 6:37
Animas Bridge 8:30
Trailhead 10:10
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by CaptCO » Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:41 am

I thought I was making good time on Jupiter <40hrs (planned for more peaks) until I saw two hot chicks trail running past me after summiting pigeon/turret. If you’re on here hit the DM! Plan to do something like this in July
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by SchralpTheGnar » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:08 am

What’s the stats on it?
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by Barnold41 » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:50 am

CaptCO wrote:
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:41 am
If you’re on here hit the DM!
It goes down in the DM.
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Re: Daytripping Chicago Basin from Purgatory

Post by ScreeSurfer » Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:06 am

SchralptheGnar
What’s the stats on it?

Roughly 41 miles, 12k vert
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