Ascent of Klawatti Peak on 2018-05-08

Climber: Eric Gilbertson

Date:Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Klawatti Peak
    Elevation:8485 ft / 2586 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started hiking up from the Eldorado parking area Monday afternoon and reached intermittent snow at the bottom of the boulder field. Continuous snow started a few hundred feet higher, and it's treacherous in the intermittent part. We skinned and snowshoed up to the bivy sites on the east ridge of Eldorado at sunset and set out our bivy sacks for the night.
In the morning we cached our overnight gear and hiked over to Klawatti. We kicked steps up the steep and icy south face snow climb and topped out around 7am. The bergschrund is a little tricky to cross, and will likely soon be very difficult to cross. We waited around for an hour for the snow to soften, then downclimbed back to the col and hiked over to Dorado Needle.
The snow is continuous on the east face of dorado needle all the way to the northwest ridge. We kicked steps up to the ridge and walked along the snowy ridge to the au cheval section. It didn't look exposed on the east side, but this is because it was flanked by a giant cornice. We roped up here and climbed the short 30m rock and snow pitch to the summit in our crampons.
We down-led back to a rock horn, then rapped the east face. We skied and snowshoed back to the parking lot a few hours later, just before it started raining.

Link to full trip report and pictures.
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    Route:South Face
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