Taken 3-Sep-14
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Unparalleled Dawn

After a 20+ mile backpack into Colorado's Chicago Basin in the Weminuche Wilderness Area, my climbing partner and I got an early start at 3 AM to ascend North Eolus Peak's 14,000 ft. summit before sunrise. We were joined by mountain goats on the summit (one is in the photo, but hard to see) and enjoyed one of the most memorable sunrises in my lifetime. Directly east of us below the sun was the formidable 14,000 ft. peaks Sunlight Peak and Windom Peak (which we climbed later that day and the day after). To the right (south) towered Eolus Peak and to the left getting hit by intense light were Turret Peak and Pigeon Peak, two of the more rugged peaks in the area. Also visble in this photograph are my favorite peaks in Colorado - Vestal Peak and Arrow Peak (left of middle, sticking up like a sore thumb), Jagged Mountain, Jupiter Peak, and more. You can even make out Uncompahgre Peak and Wetterhorn Peak on the horizon as well as Rio Grand Pyramid. If you can't tell, I'm a total Colorado mountain geek. Hope you like the photo. I can't wait to print one HUGE.
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Keywords:14er, 14ers, 360 Degrees, Alpenglow, Arrow Peak, Chicago Basin, Climbing, Colorado, Eolus Peak, Epic, Landscape, Matt Payne, Mountains, North Eolus Peak, Panoramic, Pigeon Peak, Rocky Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Sunkissed, Sunlight Peak, Sunrise, Trinity Peaks, Turret Peak, Vestal Peak, Weminuche Wilderness Area, Windom Peak

Unparalleled Dawn