This last weekend was our first Eldorado Peak (video game style) climb. At least it felt kinda like a video game, with about a dozen different, really hard levels, but we beat the final boss and got on top! Somehow from previous TR's I'd read I way underestimated this peak. It was an ass kicker. Big kudos to anyone who's ridden this awesome, remote peak.
Level 1: creek crossing
Level 2: bush whacking and semi trail
Level 3: talus field
Level 4: thin snow-bridges covering upper talus field. This section turned out to kinda suck. While booting my foot went through and I crashed through full body, landing head first in this hole. Luckily I stopped on rocks, just above the running water below.
Level 5: continuous snow. View back to cascade pass.
Level 6: we found a sweet camp spot someone else had already dug out for two tents, so we stopped around 6,000 ft.
Level 7: East Ridge of Eldorado - crevasses were opening in a few spots, but they were pretty obvious
Level 8: the reason we came - the knife edge ridge to the top
Level 9: Summit!
Level 10: crawl back down the knife edge
looking back at the summit, the only time all day it caught sun: