Basic Glacier Climb - Mount Olympus/Traverse

Strenuous climb of Mt. Olympus via the Blue Glacier (standard route)

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  • Basic Glacier Climb
  • Challenging

Grays Harbor County Health Department parking lot (Simpson Avenue side).  2109 Sumner Avenue, Aberdeen WA 98520. 7:00 a.m. on Thursday July 24.


A 44 mile adventure.  This trip has a neat expedition feel.  A high level of fitness required.  I prefer to complete this climb in 3 nights, but a 4th night may be required.  As a result of a semi-late application for campsites, we do not have optimal reserved sites.  However we may be able to change our itinerary to better sites by negotiating it with the Park Service when we register with them the day of the climb.


Mount Olympus/Traverse

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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