Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier


Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Mathias & Mount Mercury

NOT a climb of Mt Olympus, and only for those who have already climbed Mt Olympus or don't care about Olympus. This trip is to snag Mathias, Mercury, Circe, Athena, 4 seldom climbed peaks near Olympus.

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  • Thu, Jul 2, 2020 — Tue, Jul 7, 2020
  • Tacoma Basic Alpine Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 44.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,400 ft
  • Pace: Strenuous

Will set up carpool arrangements once team is set.

This trip will only go with good weather forecast for the climbing days.  This trip is NOT to climb Mt. Olympus.  We will go after 4 (possibly 5) seldom climbed peaks near Olympus.  This trip is really designed for those who have already climbed Mt Olympus and want to climb those other peaks around in that area.  Will involve glacier travel, and extended scrambling on sketchy loose volcanic rock (especially for Mathias/Mercury).  

Trip is listed for 6 days, but you must be flexible and possibly add on an extra day, this is a long approach and the weather might alter plans once we are in there.

Leader permission required.  Must have prior experience in glacier travel and sketchy scrambling, or convince me you are capable and love this kind of climbing!  Pace will be steady, but not super fast.  I am getting older (61) so am slowing down, but can go at a steady pace all day.

Best case plans:

Day 1: Drive over, hike into Elk Lake

Day 2: Hike to Pan Camp, climb Circe and Athena

Day 3: Hike back to Blue Glacier, climb Mathias and Mercury, camp at Glacier Meadows

Day 4: Climb peak 6,351 near Glacier Meadows

Day 5: Hike out

Day 6 and possibly 7 is for poor weather or other changes.  We might not make it to Elk Lake day one and camp short, which would alter following days.

Might camp at Glacier Meadows for 2 days and do day trip to Athena and Circe, so plenty of flexibility.  


Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

  • Green Trails Seven Lakes Basin/Mt Olympus Climb No. 133S

    Custom Correct Mount Olympus Climber's Map

    USGS Mt Olympus
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Bear can
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