Lower boulder field (4k) has melted out for the most part. Upper is under snow with small moats forming in places. High camp at 7500 ft. Had the summit around 5:30am the following day. Knife edge is in excellent shape, just enough of room across for two boots. One small and one medium size crevasse near the summit, easy to avoid.
via Inspiration Glacier
Sweet outing with J Lewis. Tore it up in a day. Beautiful backcountry.
Had the mountain all to ourselves. Upper ridge is fun, descent through forest is not!
Another great area, backcountry skier's nirvana. Early season usually makes crevasse danger almost non-existant, as long as one pays attention to route.
The lower talus field is clear of snow, the upper talus field has some snow cover, and plunging through is a danger. We also had to cross over a few waterfalls on snow bridges but you could potentially avoid these by staying close to the granite cliffs. No crevasses were opened up and so once we got past the talus fields the rest of the mountain was great hiking and a beautiful summit. The descent is pretty brutal on the knees and is difficult with a tall or bulky pack due to the logs you duck under and how steep the trail is.
fun day trip combining skiing eldo, dorado needle and Dean's spire with Matt, Dave and Oyvind - 15 hrs big day!
after packing for a tech ascent we backed out of the NW couloir after looking at it from Dorado.
Great times with fun guys! Thanks boyz
One of the greatest peaks I have ever done, it certainly ranks above Rainier. We did encounter some of the worst snow conditions on the way down by sinking into icy crusted snow, but at the same time the scenery was far out. A mountain I want to climb again soon!
Got worn out by hip-deep snow in a high-snow year.
Various climbs on Eldo. Made the second ascent of the NW Ice Couloir in thin (very fun) conditions.
We did this climb on the way out after spending a week on the Inspiration Glacier climbing various peaks in the area. I could write for hours on how awesome this place is, but it's too cool for words. It is my favorite place on earth...
Trip with Gimpilator, EastKing, mtn.climber, Mark Straub, and Josh Lewis. EK and mtn.c had to turn around for good reasons while the rest of us continued up under a brilliant blue sky. This was probably the most exercise I've ever had in one day (as Adam already noted, a foot of powder and punchy crust slowed us significantly).
Good weather made the day go off without a hitch. Pushed it into a one day trip as the weather report for Sunday was calling for showers. Great times.
I finally took my time on a mountain, 4 days on Eldorado and only 1 other party went above our base camp at 7800ft. A fantastic mountain with a lot less toil than I expected. The descent requires lots of knees. Bring extra.
It was a very exhausting single day push! When you put all my mistakes together, it was roughly 7,000' of elevation gain (regular route is 6,800' -- I ascended some gulleys twice). I was fortunate enough to be with a strong and careful team. Spectacularly beautiful going up. Brutally torturous going down (nasty conditions -- not what I expected).
My friend ave was severely overtired after 25 hours with no sleep had to call it at 6250 feet. I made the correct choice and stayed with him while my friend summited Eldorado! Expect another attempt soon!
12 inches of fresh snow slowed us down on this early spring ascent. We started at 3 AM and returned to the car at 9 PM for a total of 18 hours non-stop.
May 29, 1983 Three trips, the last one was succesful. Previous attempts: Aug 8, 1971 Was not ready for that much work, Jul, 1982 got weathered out.
Had an amazing climb via the standard East Ridge approach. Few crevasses and hazards. Snow was soft enough for easy climbing. Knife-edge ridge lived up to its bill as "Himalayan like." Great climb!!
First real mountaineering experience. Steep approach but so worth it. The knife edge is exhilarating.