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The Real Nick Sweeney

[TR] Eldorado Peak and Dorado Needle - E Ridge and NW Ridge 06/16/2019

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Trip: Eldorado Peak and Dorado Needle - E Ridge and NW Ridge

Trip Date: 06/16/2019

Trip Report:

Conditions are quite good in the Eldorado area right now.  We made a casual ascent of Eldorado on our approach day and climbed the NW Ridge of Dorado Needle on Sunday.  The climbing was easy but damn... that descent to the car was pretty punishing.  Full trip report and photos: Spokalpine

Gear Notes:
Crampons/Axe for Eldorado. Light rock rack for Dorado Needle.

Approach Notes:
Wear a knee brace
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Such a fun route, check out the SW buttress next time!

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8 hours ago, JasonG said:

Such a fun route, check out the SW buttress next time!

That was our original goal.  It looks awesome and I'd like to do it, but I'm not totally sure that I can convince myself to do that approach again for a while...

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14 hours ago, The Real Nick Sweeney said:

not totally sure that I can convince myself to do that approach again for a while

Believe it or not, I was remarking in April how much better the trail is than when I first went up it in 1999.  Almost a real trail with hardly any brush.  But yes, the elevation gain/loss isn't trivial.

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