Eldorado Peak

Where: North Cascades National Park, Washington
When: July 2009
Partners: Andy Mac

Johannesburg Mountain overlooks our 5,800-ft camp

Andy and I set out to do an overnight climb of Eldorado Peak. With 7,000 feet of elevation gain, we weren't thrilled about carrying our heavy packs to the recommended 7,500-foot ice plateau camp. Instead, we reached a flat spot at 5,800 feet, set up camp, and left for the summit. Bagging it in fine style under perfect skies and good conditions, we eventually returned to camp, made dinner, and relaxed for an evening before a leisurely hike out the next morning.
On the ice plateau below the east ridge

Eldorado's mega-classic summit ridge

On the summit

Summit view southeast to Forbidden Peak and company

Summit view north-northwest

North-northeast to Klawatti and Austera