(Last Updated On: May 14, 2008)
TR: Chicago Basin Part III- Windom (14,082)
Frank, Jordan, Brittany, Jarrett
When we got down to the bottom of the face we turned around and began hiking up Windom. We climbed the ridge and skied the Widowmaker couloir.
The summit of Windom
To ski from the summit we traversed down and across the SW face back to the ridge. Jarret traversing.
We then walked a few steps back up to the mound of snow above the Widowmaker couloir.
Frank dropping into Widowmaker.
Once we were done with Widowmaker we still had a long way to go with lots of fun corn!
Again, we skied all the way to camp… Where after not falling the entire day, I promptly fell flat on my face 20 feet away from our tent 😉
It was a great day. Out of all 3 peaks we had the best snow on Widowmakers so it was a great finish.
The next day, we packed up camp headed back to the train.
The way down took less than 4 hours. Much nicer compared to the 6 hours on the way up. We were able to ski about half of the distance. The other half, it was much more helpful having gravity on our side.
Jordan crossing the Animas to the train stop.
We waited for a few hours for the train to show up. While we were resting this guy showed up.
He stopped to chat and said, “The first time I ever went up these tracks Chris Davenport was standing right over there. Of course, I didn’t know who he was at the time…. Boy, I’ll tell ya, those were a bunch of hardened guys!”
The man talked with us for a few minutes, then ran with his cart to get it started again, and off he went!
After hours of playing silly games, the train arrived. We welcomed it, with all of it’s steam and smoke. It had been a great trip. But, now, it was time to go home!