Peak(s):  Mt. Eolus  -  14,087 feet
Date Posted:  09/08/2013
Date Climbed:   08/07/2013
Author:  BirdMan
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 Misty Mtn. Hop - Day 3 - Eolus & Out   

After another rain soaked night we got an earlier start than the day before (5:00 am) and again were up at Twin Lakes around sunrise. The clouds and hanging mist were even more evident than the previous day. Uh, oh...

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The weather was so bad in fact this this little guy seemed to be giving us a puzzled look, like he was thinking, "You're out on a day like today? To do what...?"

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Yes, we pressed on. Given the weather and this being our last day to attempt Mt Eolus, the third of our three peaks, we were moving as quick as we could even when the terrain got a little trickier.

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The clouds continued to get worse - even as early as it was - roughly 7:00 am. Some "action shots" of Tom and I getting up a ridge.

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You'll notice that most all of the photos from this day show Tom and I lagging behind. I can only say that when it comes to the dicier stuff up high you couldn't ask for a much better partner than Steve. He was always well out in front of Tom and I on our attempt for Mount Eolus.

I imagine on your typical sunny day the Catwalk is fun but maybe not really that much to speak of. That was certainly not the case for us as the weather continued to deteriorate.

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Socked in and crossing the Catwalk. Steady as she goes...

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After the Catwalk you come to some class 2+ climbing to the summit. With the near "white out" conditions and wet rock we didn't take many pictures on this stretch, we were all too concerned with staying on the route and staying safe. But at last, summit #3 made herself available for us. On top of Mount Eolus!

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Tom and Steve happy to have made it.

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Having descended safely we snapped this shot along a mossy rock wall (again Steve in the lead).

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The numbers questioning our sanity to be out on a day like this seemed to be increasing.

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I suppose everyone has their limits and finally Sailor Bob had had enough. The normally reserved Babo lets the weather gods know what he thinks about all these clouds and endless rain. Sailor Bob getting salty.

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Well, that did it. Mother nature decided she didn't like Babo's outburst and brought out a little display of her own. Down came the rain. And down. And down. And down...

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We had been looking forward to lighter packs on the hike back to the train now that we had eaten most of our food, but packing up and carrying wet tents has a way of adding it's own weight to your pack. Ah well, nothing to do but hike out in the downpour.

All that rain for the last couple of days had the rivers swollen and moving faster. Yipes! Could those faster moving waters bring us the biggest calamity of the past few days? A mystery on top of a (Day One) mystery! The mighty Animas below.

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But alas, our stores were safe. Whew...! Mystery from Day One solved: We had the presense of mind to stash a few adult beverages in the Animas River close to the train staying nice and cold, naturally. The happy hikers getting dry and whetting their whistles.

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The talk appears to turn more serious as the beers go down.

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An expectant look at the train tracks as other hikers continue to arrive.

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Salvation at last in the form of the southbound Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge. And they say there is no God.

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Heading home to where we could get warm and dry.

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Babo says, "Goodbye".

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Misty Mountain Hop
Day 1: Headed In - http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=14295
Day 2: Sunlight and Windom Peaks - http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=14296
Day 3: Mount Eolus and Out



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Comments or Questions
KeithK
User
I remember...
09/09/2013 20:38
Man, this takes me back to that mountain... those foggy pictures look all too familiar! Good job Bradman!


mspalding
Amazing Pictures
09/10/2013 04:52
They are all enjoyable and image #10, on the catwalk in the fog, is art. Thanks for posting these and your write up.



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