Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

***FOR TRAINING ONLY - NOT AN ACTUAL TRIP*** 4-day, 3-night long 17+ mile approach, a glacier with crevasses and bergschrunds, and a Class 4 rock climb with a Class 5 step on loose rocky ramps to the summit of its West Peak.

  • Mon, Jul 22, 2024 — Thu, Jul 25, 2024
  • Kitsap Branch Climbing Program
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 44.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,980 ft
  • Pace: 1,000 ft/hr or 3 mph over flatter terrain

Meet at the Hoh Rainforest Visitors Center at 7:30 am and be ready to hit the trail at 8am after a quick gear check. Make sure you have a current America the Beautiful parks pass for your car - carpooling recommended.  

***NOT AN ACTUAL TRIP - please do not request leader's permission***   

  • This is a super rewarding climb that requires additional effort beyond the glacier/climbing experience. The long walk in via the rainforest is stunning and worth every step, if that's your thing (please don't sign up if that's NOT your thing).
  • Commit to putting in dedicated miles with weight and elevation gains (& losses) as part of your  training plan, so long days with a heavy pack don't interfere with your summit bid.
  • Make sure you are capable of climbing 1,000 vertical feet/hour with a 50lb, fully loaded pack.
  • There is a steep and precarious ladder through a washed out area and an 80 foot rock climb at the end, so take note if you have a fear of heights (feel free to reach out and we can discuss further if you have questions).
  • Be prepared to contribute to decision making, camp tasks, and general group morale.
  • Self care is key and can determine outcomes and success for the whole group. 
  • Proactive communication will be modeled by your leader - please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or planning contributions ahead of day 1!
  • When submitting request to join climb, please include training plan and relevant alpine/glacier experience.
  • Keep an eye out for an email closer to the date with more specifics regarding gear, both personal and shared, and any final updates. 

Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

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

    Custom Correct Mount Olympus Climber's Map

    USGS Mt Olympus
  • See full route/place details.
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 (60 liters+)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Alpine harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Glacier glasses
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