Sunlight Peak  
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Route: South Face
Posted On: 2014-05-21, By: freeinthehills
Info: good continuous snow. rode from as close to the summit as I imagine possible.... 
 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2013-09-03, By: Lindyhapa
Info: The climbing conditions were perfect. We were also surprised that there were so few mosquitoes given all of the water around. I saw 2 mosquitoes in 4 days there. We arrived Friday evening and set up camp. Many people who came in after us had trouble finding a camp spot. I expect that it was more crowded than normal being Labor Day weekend though, and there were plenty of campsites lower down in Chicago Basin. On Saturday we climbed Eolus and N. Eolus. Clouds started gathering around 11am and thunderstorms/rain began at 1:30, cutting short our attempt to summit Sunlight the same day. I climbed Sunlight/Windom on Sunday. Clouds began gathering at 11am, but there was no rain or thunderstorms that day. Instead it rained at night. Monday the weather also held all day. Overall, the weather was kind of hard to predict, but winds were almost nonexistent and anyone who was able to peak by noon would‘ve gotten their peak. 
 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2013-07-04, By: nyker
Info: Climbed Sunlight & Windom on 7/1 and Eolus & North Eolus on 7/2; conditions on Sunlight, Eolus and North Eolus are snow free on standard routes, if you‘re traversing over to Windom from Sunlight, you will have to cross over a small snowfield or two if you drop down earlier - but they provide no real problem even early morning since they are short and if steps are not kicked in already, poles should get you there fine. No need for an axe or traction IMO. Stream crossings lower down are very easy. Hail and some snow fell up high above 12k on the morning of Jul 2, but nothing accumulated and was short lived (just a bit scary sitting there @ 13k+ waiting out the dark skies and weather!). Marmots and Goats very active below basin - guard your stuff and watch where you pee (goats will follow you). 
 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2013-06-11, By: John Prater
Info: No snow until Twin Lakes. Was on snow traversing high from Windom. But after cutting over to the west side of the route, I managed to avoid snow for the upper part of the route. On my descent, I was only on snow (excluding lower angle stuff lower in the basin) for maybe 50 feet, although that short stretch is steep enough that I was facing in. 
 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2012-07-13, By: cardinal010
Info: Everything is dry and in great condition (except for the loose rock but that‘s always there) 
 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2012-06-21, By: Sloper
Info: Just got back from Sunlight/Eolus/Windom. Route is almost completely snow free, no need for any snow equipment. The forest service just finished clearing 40 logs off the trail last week so it‘s also easy to get up there. 
 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-08-24, By: djkest
Info: Route is in good condition, easy to follow, and completely snow free. 
 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-08-06, By: arianna2
Info: As mentioned in the forum, the mudslide is cleaned up and trains should be operating normally tomorrow. There was minimal snow, a few sections it would have been nice to have microspikes, but not worth the weight or the time to put them on. No snow on Eolus. Lots of people up camping during the week, but still not to difficult to find a suitable camping spot. Trip reports to come soon. 
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Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-07-18, By: dmccool
Info: Chicago Basin is completely dry - as is the approach up to Twin Lakes. Once above Twin Lakes, there are some snow fields heading toward Sunlight and Windom, but they are all pretty low-angle and can be traversed w/o crampons. An ice ax might be useful for stability. The standard route on Sunlight is dry except for a small snow patch at the crux below the chimney. It does not pose any danger though. To gain Windom‘s saddle, you can ascend a snowfield or you can stay off to the left on the rocks. The ridge to Widom‘s summit is dry. The approach from Twin Lakes toward the Eolus group is dry, but to access the "ramp" that heads toward the Eouls/N. Eolus saddle you will encounter a significant snowfield that requires an ice ax at least and possibly crampons or microspikes. My advice would be to have the ax/spikes/crampons handy for most of the time up to the saddle as the snow will be there for awhile. 
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