Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier

Three-day climb over Memorial Day weekend.

  • Sat, May 27, 2023 — Mon, May 29, 2023
  • Kitsap Branch Climbing Program
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 38.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 10,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,321 ft

To be discussed with participants via email.

Join us on a journey into the heart of the Olympic Mountains. 

This climb is unique. The glacier travel portion is short, so this would be fine as a first glacier climb. However, the approach is very long and strenuous (10,000 ft of gain in the first two days—similar to Rainier—with 38 total miles of hiking),  so your fitness, footwear and camping gear need to be dialed in. As such, leader's permission is required for all participants. When requesting it, please list your backcountry camping experience and current-season conditioning regimen. If you have not climbed with any of the leaders before, we will probably ask you to join us on a conditioning hike to assess fitness. This is definitely a trip you need to be training for!

Day 1: Hike to Honeymoon Meadows, set up camp

Day 2: Get an early start, summit, and return to camp

Day 3: Break camp and hike out

There will be a $17 fee for two nights of backcountry camping in ONP. The leaders will make the reservations for the group.


Mount Anderson/Eel Glacier

  • USGS Mt Steel

    USGS The Brothers

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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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 sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • 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
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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