Ascent of Mount Eolus on 2008-09-03

Climber: Patrick Lilly

Others in Party:Trisha Conlon
Date:Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Eolus
    Elevation:14084 ft / 4292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Standard route, from a camp at approx. 11,100 ft. in the lower end of Chicago Basin. Left camp at the hedonistic hour of 7:15 am MDT. Morning clouds continued to lift above us as we climbed. Made the summit in mostly sunny skies at 12:05 pm. Getting up onto the ridge between Eolus and N. Eolus to find the start of the Catwalk proved to be harder than finding our way on the ledges to the summit. There are, as reported, lots of cairns, and lots of possible routes, but we had no difficulty putting together a doable route which led up into the low point just south of the summit.
After re-crossing the Catwalk (fun!), I climbed Glacier Point (13,704 ft.) in a quick out-and-back. We had all day, so got back to camp just about 5 pm. Hiked out to Needleton the next day (very leisurely!).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3284 ft / 1000 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2984 ft / 909 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Needle Creek trail, Twin Lakes trail, Catwalk
    Trailhead:lower Chicago Basin  11100 ft / 3383 m
    Time Up:5 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Extra Gain:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Catwalk, Glacier Pt., Twin Lakes, Needle Creek tra
    Time Down:5 Hours 

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