El Dorado Peak Climb -- Early Morning Spire
Located in the North Cascades National Park, Eldorado Peak climb is famous for its knife edge summit ridge and its’ unsurpassed views. Approaching via the Eldorado Glacier, climbers have ample opportunity to practice their glacier mountaineering skills before reaching the exposed East Ridge. From here climbers take in the views of Forbidden Peak, Sahale Peak, Mt. Buckner, Mt. Shuksan, and the rest of the North Cascades. Don’t forget your camera! The mountain’s abundant alpine terrain makes Eldorado an ideal location to learn and review snow and glacier travel skills. Our goal is to give you hands-on experience, while teaching fundamental and introductory mountaineering skills. The experiences and skills developed on Eldorado will prepare you for more advanced alpine climbing courses and give valuable insight into developing skills for climbing throughout the world. Eldorado is a recommended conditioning or training climb in preparation for other Cascade volcanoes, Denali, Huascaran, Aconcagua, and other high altitude peaks. Included: All meals while on the mountain, tents, stoves, cook kits, group climbing equipment, and guide services. Not Included: Airfare, transportation within Seattle, ground transportation hotel accommodations, restaurant meals, gratuities for guides, and all personal items. A detailed equipment list will be sent to all participants. Day 1: We drive from Seattle to towards Cascade Pass and the Eldorado Creek trailhead. Approximate drive time is 2.5 hours. The hike to our camp on the Inspiration Glacier takes about 5-7 hours and strategically positions us at the start of these classic routes. Day 2-3: Climb Early Morning Spire (several pitches of 5.8-5.9 and a lot of low to mid-fifth class). Hike out and drive back to Seattle.
We take responsibility of the environment seriously and learning how to take care of the environment is an important part of our programs. We believe there are 3 elements that make our trips special: Authenticity: We give you the tools to enjoy your adventure, and you will come away knowing that you were integral part of the experience. Environment: We travel in low ratios to minimize impact on the land and to give our clients the best possible experience while being mindful of the pristine, natural areas in which we travel. Ethics: Leave No Trace guides us as we travel to remote alpine regions. We follow the Seven Principles to avoid impacting these fragile ecological zones. We go to places that offer a rare glimpse into the beauty of nature whether skiing, climbing or trekking, and believe wholeheartedly that our impact should simply be making friends and leaving only footprints and good memories behind. To help facilitate Carbon Neutral Travel we teamed up with Sustainable Travel International. Through STI we can offer carbon offsets for all travel as well as finding philanthropic causes to help along the way.
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