4th time up Eldorado, this time in sub 5 hours roundtrip! My first time 4 years ago (2003) I did it in 10.5 hours rt and thought that was fast, I guess not anymore!
Very strenuous one-day climb. The views from this climb are some of the best I've seen. Route on the Eldorado/Inspiration glacier was in good shape with no major obstacles. Very slow going though on the talus fields between 3,700ft-5,300ft.
My very first alpine summit! Climbed with Alpine Ascents International. Incredible views all around. Great introduction to mountaineering although the approach was brutal for the tenderfoot. Skies were clear the entire time on the mountain except for the 30 minutes on the summit. The clouds and wind created a surreal, haunting view. Something I won't soon forget.
With a 12 person group from WAC (thanks for organizing, Andy!). Amazing weather! As we were going up to camp below the ridge, the clouds kept getting higher -- blue skies for summit day. We tried to do Klawatti in the morning and then traverse to Eldorado (in hindsight it probably would have been easier to follow the boot paths back to camp and back up to Eldorado).
Climbed the East Ridge three times, once as a day trip, another time in a traverse to Austera, and another on the way back from Dorado Needle.
Climbed on a 6-day glacier mountaineering course with Alpine Ascents. Although Day 1 was cloudy and wet turning to snow, the clouds broke late Day 2 and the remainder of the trip was clear and sunny. A spectacular climb!
Left around 7am from the parking lot and had no trouble finding a log crossing and the trail (I don't know why anyone has trouble with this). Reached snow at the first boulder field, and skinned from the second boulder field on. My partner hadn't been out the last few months due to a knee injury so he decided to call it quits when we reached the Inspiration Gl. I ran on and caught up with another party we'd been climbing on and off with during the day and summitted together with them in the clouds around three.
The upper mountain descent was nice powder, but everything below was a little sloppy. Back at the car at 6pm after the agonizing descent down the trail. Awesome area. Johannesburg is ridiculous looking.
This really is a great route. Rewarding on many levels.
This is a spectacular mountain
Great peak with an exciting knife edge to finish! I lost my keys and were stuck in Marble Mount for hours. Interesting people who live there.
The ice was in excellent shape. Not another soul on the mountain besides the four in our group.
First climb in the north cascade and my favorite climb now. Great time, The best i've been on.
The whole climb I was anticipating the view from the summit, but got whited out on the knife ridge. I guess I will have to climb it again, yee ha!
I wanted the Knife ridge, I got it.
This was a great climb. We camped on the Inspiration Glacier the previous night, so it took no time to get up. The knife edge snow ridge leading to the summit was both fun and beautiful.
Really fun route, Anyone in Washington who hasn't done this route need to get out there and do it!
What a great climb, I can't wait to get out there and do some of the other stuff!
We set off on 2/19 at 7 am and after struggling with the knee-deep snow in the Eldorado Creek basin we camped at the 6200 ft saddle. We left the camp at 3:30 am and reached the summit at 7:30. Poor visibility/whiteout caught us on our descent through the Inspiration and Eldorado Glaciers. Luckily we returned to our camp and back to the Cascade River road (1 pm).
Climbed El Dorado as the final summit in a traverse from Boston Basin. The snow arete was neat and the views outstanding, but the trail down to the Cascade River Road was strenuous.