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#1109481 - 07/31/13 09:27 AM [TR] Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge 7/28/2013
Bronco Offline

Registered: 02/16/01
Posts: 3555
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Loc: Port Gardner, WA
Trip: Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge

Date: 7/28/2013

Trip Report:
I failed to win the debate (as usual) over objectives so Juan and I took a hike up Eldorado to get some exercise. Sunday morning I was late to the rendezvous, we stopped at Starbucks, the Ranger Station and then part of the way to the trail head drove 10 minutes back toward Marble Mount to get a signal strong enough to call home one last time setting the apathetic pace for the rest of the day. Since Juan is old and lazy and Iím fat and mostly ignorant, we left helmets and our rope in the truck and departed the Trail head at the crack of 8:41 am, arthritic desk jockey disposition mitigated by judicious Advil and sunscreen. Juan had new boots to break in and I was excited to document the carnage that ensued. Unfortunately, nary a blister was observed and Juan retaliated by mercilessly mocking my compression shorts.

We meandered up the trail, sweat mixing with the clouds of dust and picked our way through the talus, discussing the Mariners turn around, favorite Norman Maclean stories and the virtues of ear/nose hair. I was surprised by the healthy snowpack once in Roush basin considering the frequent sunny days this summer. 2013 may turn out to have a good Fall ice climbing season.

John Styling the East Ridge

Token Snow ArÍte photo

The final ascent to the summit was uneventful and it was great to relax on the summit rocks while reminiscing about peaks weíve climbed and yet to attempt.

Some excitement on the descent, I was briefly detained in a slide alder thicket and discovered this small pile of shoes. We let them be in case they were some form of sacrificial alter to the snaffle or some such scheme.

We briefly lost the trail just before crossing the river where the sudden swarm of mosquitoes compelled us to forge our own log crossing on less than desirable logs. After a short bush whack, we were greeted at the truck by yet another multitude of all manner of flying insects at 5:30 pm. We quickly changed and headed to the Buffalo Run for some much deserved nourishment. It was fun to see so many folks out enjoying the weather but Iím sure we had the most fun which makes us the best climbers. laf

Gear Notes:
Advil, sunscreen

Approach Notes:
It may be steep but at least it's hot and dusty!

Edited by Bronco (08/01/13 12:10 PM)

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#1109528 - 07/31/13 04:39 PM Re: [TR] Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge 7/28/2013 [Re: Bronco]
JasonG Offline

Registered: 10/12/00
Posts: 2780
TRs: 107 Photos: 1811
Loc: Mount Vernon
For old, fat, and lazy, you guys clocked in with a pretty impressive RT time! Eldo is always a great day out in the hills, glad you had perfect weather to enjoy it.

#1109552 - 08/01/13 11:46 AM Re: [TR] Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge 7/28/2013 [Re: Bronco]
Juan Sharp Offline

Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 72
TRs: 0 Photos: 1
Hey Bronco, do you think that group of Mounties saw the same bear that we heard about? Hope they came out OK!


#1109553 - 08/01/13 11:48 AM Re: [TR] Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge 7/28/2013 [Re: Bronco]
rob Offline

Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 8669
TRs: 17 Photos: 88
Loc: Seattle
I'm disappointed there were no photos of the compression shorts.

#1109554 - 08/01/13 11:52 AM Re: [TR] Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge 7/28/2013 [Re: rob]
Juan Sharp Offline

Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 72
TRs: 0 Photos: 1
Trust me you're better off without the visual.

#1109604 - 08/01/13 09:14 PM Re: [TR] Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge 7/28/2013 [Re: Juan Sharp]
bobinc Offline
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Registered: 05/14/01
Posts: 500
TRs: 0 Photos: 0
Loc: yoyoingonI-5
Compression shorts... Is that a corrective for responding to one too many internet enhancement ads?

#1109616 - 08/01/13 11:56 PM Re: [TR] Eldorado Peak, NCNP - East Ridge 7/28/2013 [Re: Bronco]
sepultura Offline

Registered: 04/23/03
Posts: 202
TRs: 6 Photos: 140
Loc: Unalaska, AK
Sweet! Eldorado is always worthy.
Looking forward to some fall skiing Ryan!


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