Peak:  Sunlight Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  bwleachuk
 Date of Info:  08/17/2019
 Date Posted:  08/19/2019

Camped at 10'800" (lots of mosquitos, bring bug spray!). Climbed all 4 Chicago Basin 14-ers in a day. We woke at 2am, were on the trail at 2:30am, and returned back to camp by 2pm. We began with Windom, and worked our way right to left, finishing with Eolus. I highly recommend this approach because Windom is good warmup and can be more safely climbed with headlamps in the dark. From there, we could traverse over to Sunlight at 13,700' (small notch, higher than the saddle looking down into the "Backyard" bowl area), making the climb up Sunlight much easier. Microspikes are definitely advised for this traverse, but not absolutely necessary. Ice axe and crampons no longer needed. The climb up Eolus was straightforward. The catwalk looks scary but is never less than 4-5 wide, so exposure is manageable. I would grade Eolus difficult Class 3/easy Class 4 in the final sections, depending on the line. Lastly, be advised that the Durango-Silverton train broke down on 8/18, causing 3+ hour delays and leading to snarls in the reliability of the schedule. We took the train to Silverton instead of waiting for it to return, heading to Durango. We hitchhiked the 45 mins drive back from Silverton to Durango. Otherwise, I might still be sitting at the Needleton TH waiting for that damn train to arrive!

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