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Route Recommendations for Oct 2-4th?

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Eldorado might be a good option. Is the road open yet?

had thought that too but the road still out of commish :(

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I second the Enchantments/Alpine Lakes Wilderness idea. You may not get a "technical" climb in, but combine new snow, golden larch trees, and blue alpine lakes and you can't ask for better.

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Cascade climbing at its finest! Completely variable weather!

 

Thanks for the recommendations. We still haven't decided, but a summit attempt on one of the big peaks is definitely out! (Rock fall plus new snow over crevasses doesn't sound like a lot of fun.) We're leaning towards heading east for some rock.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

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Eldorado might be a good option. Is the road open yet?

 

The road's closed at the Eldorado parking lot, making it an available venue to enjoy a really good storm.

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I second the Enchantments/Alpine Lakes Wilderness idea. You may not get a "technical" climb in, but combine new snow, golden larch trees, and blue alpine lakes and you can't ask for better.

 

The larches are peaking right now. Wonderful.

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Sweet! I was up there last weekend on a day trip up Little Annapurna and they were still getting there. I'm hoping Asgaard isn't too slippery this weekend...I'd like to get some pictures if the weather cooperates.

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Eldorado might be a good option. Is the road open yet?

 

The road's closed at the Eldorado parking lot, making it an available venue to enjoy a really good storm.

 

Nope, Sorry, the Cascade River Road is still closed at Mile 12 for work on the Hard Creek Bridge at 12.7(Eldo Parking Lot is at Mile 20). It won't be done until mid to late October at the earliest. You can still access Monogram Lake T.H. and Hidden Lake T.H.

 

Lot's of new snow in the Mountains around Marblemount/Rockport...No reports as to depths but glimpses up at Marble Creek Cirque and Eldo look very white. Snow level looks to be ~4000 feet.

 

 

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You can walk or bike up the Cascade River Road though...also there is the way into Eldorado Basin via Sibley Creek Pass and Triad. I was up looking at it last weekend and there would be some somewhat steep firn/ice to deal with, that is a short section of ~35 degrees (snow covered now).

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We ended up ice climbing the seracs on the Baker's Coleman Glacier. Had a great time! There was about 5 inches of new snow; enough to cover small crevasses and keep things interesting. Also ran into a group of about 40 people practicing (a Mountaineers group, I assume).

Perfect weather and good climbing: a great trip even though summiting was out of the question. My friend from Utah is currently getting his PhD in glacieology, and that experience on the Coleman may have been enough to get him to move up here. Thanks for the recommendations!

 

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