The most dangerous part of the Blue Glacier was the lateral moraine that needed to be descended. The moraine had a lot of loose rocks and dirt; rockfall was constantly a concern. Due to the near-record snow year, the glacial crevasses were still only minor cracks. The Snow Dome also had a couple of minor cracks; nothing major. From the Snow Dome we were able to ascend the "Fourth of July" route; we later got the impression that we might have used that route later than anyone else has, due to the high snowpack lasting into early July.
My 36th Washington CoHP and my 37th Washington CoGPP.
I climbed Olympus with a great group of Mazamas: Dan, Caleb, Rich and Dyanne. The glacier was in excellent condition because of massive snows over the winter and our route through Crystal Pass never got very steep. Luckily, our weather held out for 4 days in one of the rainiest locations in the lower 48. We ran into Bud, who has been climbing the mountain for over 30 years. He remembers when the Blue Glacier came all the way up the moraine! Global warming aside, this mountain is near the top of the list of all my climbing experiences. The massif and location have something extra that I haven't found anywhere else.