Most of the elevation is gained upon reaching the base of Eldorado Peak which is the starting point for this high glacial traverse. Traversing eastward past an array of crevasses, moats, and rock spires, the route crosses a series of glaciers that form this small ice cap. The place is remote, really the middle of nowhere. Numerous summits and geographic features await exploration along the way to the Austera Towers, of which Austera Peak is the highest and most accessible. This climb is more of a glacier excursion than a traditional ascent, but it is a grand journey across expansive sheets of ice that for the Inspiration, Klawatti, and McAllister Glaciers and is an experience that is unique in the Cascades.

Other Information
Driving Distance from Portland 310 miles
Driving Time from Portland 7 hours
Expected Duration Car to car in two or more days
Relevant Books Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Volume INelson & Potterfield
Relevant Maps Google map