Develop the judgment needed to be an alpine climber. Acquire technical skills that support your leadership in pursuit of high alpine snowy peaks on this 2-day Mt. Hood climb.
Eldorado Peak Summit Climbs
Eldorado Summit Climbs
Eldorado East Ridge: Beginner, Grade II, and Easy Snow/Ice to 35 degrees
The sustained “snow arete” of Eldorado’s East Ridge is a welcome adaptation of ridge climbing. It is moderate enough to be challenging, and the position is stimulating as to maintain your engagement until you reach the summit. The route follows the obvious, left of center snow ridge in the first image.
Eldorado West Arete: Advanced, Grade III, Class 5.8, and Glacier Travel
The West Arete climbs the opposite line from the famous East Ridge. It incorporates more diverse skills as it traverses more glaciated terrain and amazing alpine rock. The route climbs the obvious, central diagonal line, left to right in the second image.
Our Mountaineering: Guided Climbs allow you access to the greatest experiences the Cascades offer. Many have been curated in guidebooks like Beckey’s 100 Favorite North American Climbs, Kearney’s Classic Climbs of the Northwest, Steck and Roper’s 50 Classic Climbs of North America, and Nelson and Potterfield’s Select Climbs in the Cascades. We’ve carefully chosen objectives that require the perfect balance of challenge and skill. As a result, these trips are all overnight, incorporate movement on snow/glaciated terrain, and varying degrees of 3rd, 4th, and 5th class rock climbing.
Each climb requires different management strategies, so the instructor to participant ratio changes dependent upon the terrain in which you will encounter on your objective. For instance, rock routes are limited to a 2:1 ratio, whereas snow/glaciated routes are 3:1. Please consider these practical limitations when planning your Pacific Northwest experience.
Contact us to develop a custom itinerary for you and your party.
These are custom climbs; please visit our custom pricing page for the most accurate cost.
All participants are required to attend a pre-trip meeting with their guide to check equipment, conditions and to establish a specific time and location to meet up on the morning of the climb. Pre-trip meetings are typically completed online from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 2 days before a course (Thursday evening for Saturday course), and your guide will send out an invitation for this.On the day of a climb, participants are responsible for getting to the meet up location ready and on time. We appreciate environmental considerations and ride sharing. Please let us know if you would like to coordinate a carpool with other participants.
- 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Online meeting. You will bring all personal gear and equipment to this meeting. We will go over the route and itinerary as well as go over personal and group gear to ensure everyone has what they need.
Itinerary would depend on the route
A climb of the east ridge could be done in 2 giant days.
A climb of the West Ridge would require 3 days
- 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval
Mountaineering: Beginner course is required prior to the climb of Shuksan.
- Snow and Glacier Camping
- Rope Management and Glacier Rigging
- Technical Rock Scrambling
- Navigation, Map, and Compass Usage
- Gear Packing and Equipment Choices
- Self-Arrest and Ice-Axe Technique, Crampon Usage
- Snow and Glacier Camping
- Professional instruction from full-time mountaineering instructors at a maximum of a 3:1 student-to-instructor ratio
- Passes and permits
- All group climbing gear
- All group camping and kitchen equipment
- Dinners and breakfasts while in the field
- Personal clothing, climbing, and personal camping gear
- Lunches, snacks, water carrying capacity
- Transportation is not included. Kaf will assist in organizing a carpool. See further details below.
You will receive a full packing list following registration, but please feel free to contact us with any gear or equipment specific questions you have. A brief list of what you will need to provide for yourself:
- Personal climbing gear: Multi-day pack, helmet, harness, mountaineering boots, glacier rig, ice tools, and crampons
- Personal camping gear: Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
- Weather-appropriate clothing
Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
Consider joining us for any of our other Mountaineering Courses
“The date I want isn’t listed.” Please visit our Custom Courses page and contact us to book a private or custom course that fits your needs.
“I don’t see any dates.” Several of our courses run infrequently. We invite you to opt for a waitlist on our courses that do not have visible dates on the course calendar. When enough people sign up for that course, we will select a course date and invite you all to register then.