Basic Glacier Climb

Field trip: Basic Climbing Course

Basic Glacier Climb - Eldorado Peak/Inspiration Glacier

This is a basic glacier climb giving preference to Tacoma Basic Alpine student and volunteers until June 22nd. Open to all after that.

  • Thu, Jul 18, 2024 — Fri, Jul 19, 2024
  • Tacoma Basic Alpine Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb, Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 6,768 ft

TBD, but most likely at the Marblemount Ranger station just before it opens on Thursday morning.

Hoping to avoid the crowds on this popular route by going mid-week. The approach looks short on the map, but don't let that deceive you!  It is an exceptionally steep trail, much of it through a boulder field which more than makes up for the shorter mileage.  


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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