Eldorado Peak/Inspiration Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Eldorado Peak/Inspiration Glacier

Priority given to Everett 2019 Basic Climbing Course students. Overnight on the Eldorado Glacier (permits reserved).

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  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 — Sun, Jul 21, 2019
  • Everett Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,768 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 8,868 ft
  • Pace: average 2.5 mph and 100' per hour, including breaks

Carpooling encouraged, especially with the leader, who as it happens, doesn't have a car.

Group meeting location will be Marblemount Ranger Station on Saturday morning, 7AM. Individual carpools will arrange meeting times and locations separately.

Students should be very comfortable traveling on snow and dealing with exposure.

Be warned that the boulder field is tough going requiring sturdy ankles and a good balance. The river crossing just after leaving the cars can be quite challenging depending on the current state of fallen logs. Will discuss more during pre-trip email coordination. The first day will involve +5700' elevation gain with overnight packs--leader will be screening students to verify they have demonstrated sufficient fitness.

Priority is also given to 2019 BCC students who are in need of a glacier climb for graduation credit. Please include in your application email whether you have completed any glacier climb this season for graduation credit.


Eldorado Peak/Inspiration Glacier

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 2 straight gate carabiners
  • 5 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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