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Ascent of North Eolus on 2008-08-08

Climber: Patrick Lilly

Others in Party:Trisha Conlon
Date:Friday, August 8, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Eolus
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14039 ft / 4279 m

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed this one by mistake! Where the visible trail gives out just below the Eolus/North Eolus saddle, we followed cairns north, all the way around North Eolus. This was due to the fact that we were totally socked in, with visibility always under 100 ft. Apparently, we crossed the North Eolus/Glacier Point saddle, then turned back south to gain the north ridge. This involved one section of difficult (Class 4) climbing through a narrow gully and boulder-hopping to the summit. Only when we found the benchmark with the altitude inscribed could we confirm exactly where we were. We had to forego a second try at Eolus, since we had to be back to Needleton that afternoon to catch the train out. Still, we got one 14er that day, even if it wasn't the one that was our primary objective.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2939 ft / 896 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Needle Creek trail
    Trailhead:lower Chicago Basin  11100 ft / 3383 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 4
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 25 Minutes



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