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June 8, 2019, Eldorado
« on: 06/09/19, 05:41 PM »

Headed up to Cascade Pass Saturday morning planning on a tour out past Eldorado to Klawatti, Austera, Primus, and Tricouni. In a momentary lapse of sanity at the trailhead I removed all the overnight gear from my pack and decided that I would do it in a day and spend the next day on another tour.

It was raining when I left the TH at 7:40am. I hiked up to 5,500’ where the skinnable snow started. The forecast called for morning showers so I continued upwards through rain and low visibility. Once I dropped into the Roush Creek Basin I could see hints of sun poking through so I continued up to the Inspiration Glacier and finally broke through the clouds. It was past noon and there was substantial fresh snow - up to 8” over 8,000’. I decided to save the trip past Eldorado for a different time. I didn’t want to rush through that terrain in poor conditions.

I headed up the E ridge of Eldorado, again in a whiteout. When I made it to the summit I waited for a marginal break in the clouds and skied off. The snow was fairly deep and very sloppy. Visibility was bad enough that I followed my skin track the whole way down.

Made it back to the car a bit before 5pm and the clouds had lifted a bit but it was still raining. The new snow had not bonded well to the firm existing surface so I decided that the steeper objectives I had in mind for the next day would be unsafe and headed home. On my way down Cascade River Road I got a flat tire. Some trips do not go as planned.

1. Boulder field around 5k in the morning. Snow melted during the day.
2. Forbidden poking through the clouds. Moraine Lake is completely melted out.
3. Flat tire. Took me a while to realize that there was an issue with my tire and not the road so I completely shredded it.

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Re: June 8, 2019, Eldorado
« Reply #1 on: 06/09/19, 07:54 PM »

You are a Gulo for punishment,........let’s see, early morning rain/ poor vis........turn around, bolder field with snow on it,I don’t feel like a broken leg...........turn around, 8 inches of poorly bonded glop..........turn around!  Flat tire, ..........payment for being such a hard head!!!!!  You are a Gulo for punishment!

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