Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

Basic SIG Glacier Climb

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  • Thu, Aug 2, 2018 — Sun, Aug 5, 2018
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Glacier Climb
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 44.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,400 ft

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Priority given to JHPearce 2018 Basic Climbing SIG students and supporting leaders. Leader permission required. Do NOT send direct e-mail. Instead, use the Mountaineers website for all inquiries. Thanks.

Our outing sets our sights on not only Mt. Olympus but also Mt. Athena. These two peaks are our primary objectives. East, Middle, and Panic Peaks are optional bonus summits. Long approach aside, participants must be fit and capable of carrying full packs on technical terrain. This is a serious trip, suitable only for the efficient and strong. Be honest with yourself before reaching out.

General itinerary as follow:

  • Wednesday Night Crash at TH
  • Day 1: TH to Glacier Meadows
  • Day 2: Glacier Meadows to Athena then traverse to Mt Olympus False Summit/"Five Fingers" Camp (East and Middle Peak Optional Add)
  • Day 3: Summit Olympus to Glacier Meadows Camp (Panic Peak Optional Add)
  • Day 4: Exit

Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

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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