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Eldorado Summit and Alpine Skills
August 8 - August 11| $950
Learn new mountaineering skills and build the confidence to tackle your own summit! This 4 day adventure course takes place on the glacier of El Dorado Peak in the North Cascades, and includes a summit attempt on day 3. It is geared towards aspiring mountaineers looking to gain experience and knowledge on a classic North Cascades Peak. With stunning summit views and a knife edge ridge leading to El Dorado Peak, this route provides the optimal environment for learning while still retaining a sense of adventure. Students will learn glacier travel on a rope team, self arrest techniques, crevasse rescue, and other skills necessary to safely ascend glaciated peaks.
Day 1: Depart from Troutdale, OR and travel to North Cascades National Park, stopping at the Seattle airport if necessary. Arrive midday at the trailhead for El Dorado Peak (2,100’) and hike to low camp at Roush Creek Basin (6,200ft.), where we will set up camp for the night.
Day 2: Morning Alpine Skills basics. Pack up and hike to high camp on Inspiration Glacier (7,500’). Lunch and make camp. Afternoon Alpine Skills- glacier travel, self arrest techniques, crevasse rescue.
Day 3: Alpine ascent of El Dorado Peak, following the knife edge snow ridge (using our newly acquired mountaineering skills!) to stunning views of the North Cascades. Descend to camp on Inspiration Glacier.
Day 4: Break down camp and descend to the trailhead, drive back to Seattle, then on to Troutdale.
Trip includes: Permits, transport to and from REA office, group gear (tents, stoves, etc), technical gear (mountain axe, crampons, helmet), meals, and a professional guide.