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Sunlight Spire is a quarter mile southeast of Sunlight Peak in Colorado's Needle Mountains. It lies on the ridge between Windom and Sunlight. It would be Colorado's most difficult fourteener, except that it is so close to Sunlight Peak and there is very little drop between the two. The topo map lists its elevation as 13,995' but a recent survey upgraded to an even 14K.
The usual route is to take the train to Needleton, and hike up into Chicago Basin, the standard approach for climbing the 14ers Windom, Sunlight and Eolus.
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Standard Route, Sunlight Spire 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 150'
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Standard Route, Sunlight Spire 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Sunlight Spire
From the standard route on Sunlight Peak leave the trail at about 13,700' and head up a steep slope to the base of the summit block. This approach is 3rd class but rather loose and steep for about 300 feet.A short 5.7 pitch leads to the base of the overhanging crack. This crack is a perfect size for jamming but is rather sustained and made more difficult by the altitude. The start is made easier by a ramp you can work your feet along, but the ramp eventually is too far left. The crack remind...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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