Eldorado Peak/Inspiration Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Eldorado Peak/Inspiration Glacier

Mentored lead for Amy Arnold. This strenuous but rewarding climb involves nearly 7,000’ elevation gain, glacier travel, and an exposed knife edge walk to the summit.

  • Sat, Jul 29, 2023 — Sun, Jul 30, 2023
  • Bellingham Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Challenging
  • Elevation Gain: 6,768 ft

Details will be emailed to participants the week of the climb.

Participants should be in top physical condition and comfortable with exposure. They should also be prepared to take part in the trip as full members — that means preparing in advance to help with navigation, carrying personal gear plus team equipment, speaking up about risks and needs, and helping to make group decisions.

Priority will be given to current Bellingham Basic Course students who meet fitness requirements and are in need of a glacier or alpine climb. Interested Bellingham students should email Amy Arnold after Snow II at amysarnold@yahoo.com to request permission. Include current physical training you’re doing, examples of long hikes or physically demanding approaches you’ve done in the past, and any other Basic climbs you have completed or registered for this season.


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
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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