Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Olympus/Blue Glacier

Very unique climb through rain forest and amazing glacier. See leader notes below.

  • Fri, Aug 11, 2017 — Sun, Aug 13, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 44.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,400 ft

Trailhead early Fri morning - boots laced and ready to go.  Exact time TBD.

I will head over Thursday night and try to find a pullout before the park to car camp at.

Great basic climb.  A few notes in priority :)

1.  Must be in shape!!!  This is a long, hard trip and we will be moving quickly as we need to cover almost 50 miles and over 7000ft of elevation with heavy packs in 3 days.  Please do not request if you cannot do this.  When you request, please list your RECENT conditioners/climbs.

2.  Expectation to have fun and be flexible.

3.  We will go only if we can find a rope lead or two, the weather looks very favorable, the route still seems passable, and we can get the group camp site at Glacier Meadows or Elk Lake  (I sent in the request form on 7-31).  I just called (8/1) and they have about 200 reservations to process before ours.  Right now it looks like both sites are open

4.  Cost for the camping permits is about $20 pp

5.  The goal is to be back on Sunday, but there is a small chance it may carry into Monday.


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 (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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