We won the lottery on this trip.
Since we needed to meet in Marblemount, we took advantage of having two cars and planned a point-to-point hike from Sibley Creek to Roush Creek. This would take us across Hidden Lake Basin, underneath Triad Peak to the Eldorado Glacier. After the first two hours this route would be entirely cross-country until we reached the climbers track from Eldorado Peak down along Eldorado Creek to the second car.
krummholz, which is one of my favorite words in climbing! We left the trail at the treeline and started up the basin towards Sibley Creek Pass, a low point on the Hidden Lakes Ridge north of the Hidden Lakes Horn - actually Pk 7088, which looks like a really fun scramble along the North Ridge!
We woke up in the morning in good spirits, but that was quickly extinguished when the notch into the next drainage east turned out to be a drop-off. We hiked back down to a second notch that didn't go either, then back up even higher than before to a third. But from a vantage point, looking back down the ridge, I could see a possible heather ramp that was hidden in between our first and second attempts. Frustrated and starting to discuss bail-out options, we hiked down to take a look.
|The Ramp is left in the photo. Doug and Liz are|
traversing the snowfields bottom right.
Pro Guiding Service, 3-5 September. The Triad Traverse, 10 miles / 16 km, 5710 ft climbed and 7130 ft descended.