Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

Trip

Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

WARNING: The road is closed, which adds 6 miles. And reports of Crystal Pass are mixed. This is an exploratory climb. Summit not guaranteed.

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  • Fri, Sep 14, 2018 — Tue, Sep 18, 2018
  • Olympia Basic Alpine Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 44.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,400 ft

Meeting at either Martin Way Park and Ride, Mud Bay Park and Ride, or the trailhead at a time to be determined.

This climb is not to be underestimated. It's everything from a backpacking trip, to a glacier climb, to a rock scramble, to a rock climb. This late in the season, we may have to do some alpine rock climbing to reach the summit. If you're a new climbing student, this will require your A-game.

You will simultaneously need to have everything you'll need for 4-5 days, and manage to keep your pack as light as possible. Every pound you can save will pay dividends each subsequent day.

Rough Itinerary:
Friday - late evening and night hike from trailhead as far as we can get.
Saturday - leave by 9 AM to head for Glacier Meadow.
Sunday - wake up as early as possible, go for the summit, return to camp by dark
Monday - head down to Lewis Meadows or beyond (depending)
Tuesday - head to trailhead

I love this climb. It's worth all the purgatory.

Route/Place

Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Boots that can accept crampons
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag
  • A sleeping pad
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 4 wire gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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