telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
12/07/19, 05:18 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Pro Ski Service
Pro Ski Service
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2011 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  May 2011 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  May 29, 2011, Dorado Needle, Deans Spire, Eldorado
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: May 29, 2011, Dorado Needle, Deans Spire, Eldorado  (Read 3535 times)
Oyvind_Henningsen
Member
Offline

Posts: 325


May 29, 2011, Dorado Needle, Deans Spire, Eldorado
« on: 05/30/11, 11:03 AM »

Don't know how many times i checked out the satellites late last week looking for some good signs or trends.  Don't know unless you go it is said.  Well we went.  Arrived at the TH late Saturday, raining.  Woke up to valley 'mist' - optimist speak for rain.  Matt, Dave, Kevin and I got an early start on Sunday morning for the grind to snowline at 3800 or so.  Kept sneakers on to the ridge as there was a great trail from people having gone up the night before.  Brief views of J-burg on the way up gave us hope for better weather.

Going up the Eldorado Glacier it was socked in, but up on the Inspiration Glacier plateau it cleared out nicely.  Crossed Eldorado's E ridge at around 7600 and set a slightly rising traverse to the 8050 col in the Tepeh Towers Ridge.  Dropped down to about 7500 on the McAllister and headed towards the N/NW Ridge of Dorado Needle.  The last few feet of climbing took alot of work as it was exposed to the SW and corniced to the NE.  Spent time cleaning the route to rock and the famous au cheval is now exposed, at least the top 4" of it. 

Another route was laid on ice till next time and we headed back the way we came.  Went up Dean's Spire which is almost skiable to the top.  Fun scramble.  Then to finish it off we plodded up to the top of Eldorado in the baking sun.  Skied off the top and into the pea soup again when we reached the Eldorado Glacier. 

Log crossing the North Fork is still there.  Trail has a couple of options in the valley bottom, but easily found if you have daylight.   Lots of skier triggered point releases that had to be carefully managed as they were entraining quite abit of snow when they got going.  No overnight freeze and melt freeze cycles are way behind this year.  Crevasses are filled in, but care needs to be taken !



* Dorado_Needle_5_29_11.jpg (60.38 KB, 1000x750 - viewed 1028 times.)

* Deans_Spire_5_29_11.JPG (74.28 KB, 1000x750 - viewed 1055 times.)

* Eldorado_5_29_11.jpg (43.19 KB, 1000x750 - viewed 1039 times.)
Logged

Lytt til erfarne fjellfolk!
kath
Member
Offline

Posts: 191


Re: May 29, 2011, Dorado Needle, Deans Spire, Eldorado
« Reply #1 on: 05/30/11, 11:22 AM »

awesome .. quite the trench on eldo
Logged
ryanl
Member
Offline

Posts: 362


Re: May 29, 2011, Dorado Needle, Deans Spire, Eldorado
« Reply #2 on: 05/30/11, 09:41 PM »

nice one Oyivind....
Logged
telemark vinny
5Member
Offline

Posts: 51


Re: May 29, 2011, Dorado Needle, Deans Spire, Eldorado
« Reply #3 on: 06/09/11, 02:05 PM »

Good times! I just looked at summer pics on Summitpost - looks like a return visit in summer would be fun too!
Oyvind found a screw that popped from my tele binding- I'm a lucky SOB to have such a tenacious friend.
Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.