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Matthew Van HornMt O  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2014

Matthew Van Horn

Matthew Van Horn
09/26/2012 West Slabs to South summit
02/25/2012 Joe's 400
07/16/2011 Wildcat Ridge Traverse to Desolation Peak , down Beartrap Fork
09/11/2010 Guert's Ridge
07/09/2010 Joe's 300
07/02/2010 Wildcat Ridge traverse
10/17/2009 West Slabs to South summit with some great people
06/23/2009 summit at 11:15 PM
10/25/2008 Mt. Olympus x2: South Summit twice in one morning, car to summit, to car to summit to car, with Joseph Bullough & Robert Koch, both of whom went on to summit a third time from the car.
06/20/2008 Wildcat Ridge traverse, 1:56 to summit my personal best time
06/17/2008 started trail @ 9:05PM, summit at 11:05PM, descended by full moonlight
04/22/2008 enjoyed sunset
04/18/2008 another Olympus binge after work, beauty sunset 04/08/2008 on an impulse I geared up after work and went to the top. LOTS-O-SNOW up higher, completely different than one year ago. Hiked down in the dark.
06/23/2007 then did Wildcat Ridge Traverse
05/08/2007, 04/16/2007, 4/7/2007, 06/17/2006, 06/15/2001, 06/15/1994 (North Summit)
Posted Jan 20, 2014 11:43 am

Martin RalyaMy first 9,000-foot peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 26, 2013

Martin Ralya

Hiking up Mount Olympus is one of the coolest things I've ever done. Reaching the summit was exhilarating; I've never felt a rush of emotions quite like I did up there.

It was a gorgeous day to hike, and even though I got a late start (11:00 am) I made good time both ways. It's a grueling hike, so steep on Blister Hill that it's a slog up and a knee-punishing trek back down. There wasn't much snow down low, but it was packed snow all the way to the summit scramble once I hit the switchbacks. The scramble was wet with snow melt, dry in places, and snowy in places.

I was worried about the summit scramble, as I've never done anything like that before. And partway up, I got scared; there were a couple of bits I found hairy. But I kept my head, assessed the situation, and decided that I wasn't in danger -- I was just psyching myself out. Not quite sure how I was going to get down what I was going up, but confident I'd figure it out, I kept going. And as it turned out, it was much easier going down.

Up top, I managed to put my foot through what appeared to be packed snow and in between two boulders, but I had my poles out and was able to keep it from going in too deep. A good lesson for next time!

This was my highest solo summit, first 9,000-foot peak, and first YDS Class 3 hike. The view from the top is the best view I've ever had of the Salt Lake valley, and after nine years living here, looking up at this mountain and assuming it wasn't something ordinary folks climbed, driving around the valley will never be the same -- I'll always remember standing on top of it.
Posted Dec 26, 2013 10:50 pm

wyomtnladyDitto  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2013


Great day with you Wyomtman!
Posted Sep 27, 2013 12:29 pm

wyomtmanWest Slab  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2013


Nice approach and fun climb, traversed below the ridge then up a chute to the top. Down climbed alittle then rapped a small tree to the saddle between the N and S summits. Then up a chute to the main summit, which had a nice Mountain Goat on it's north face. Hiked down the trail (I think the climb would be easier then hiking up the trail) to my bike, to get back to the car. Cool mountain, to bad the city is so close. Another one bagged with my wife.
Posted Sep 23, 2013 9:42 am

HardmanMany Climbs Up the Most Popular Central Wasatch Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2013


No need for the laundry list.

Last climb was in winter. Despite the recent snowfall, the trail was trodden down and frozen over. Ran up to the saddle overlooking Heughs Canyon, donned gaiters, and made the short scramble over snow (surprisingly, no one had made the true summit since the storm)to the summit.

Still haven't made the north summit via the West Slabs. If anyone is interested, feel free to PM me.
Posted Aug 26, 2013 2:01 pm

DonutPigFirst  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2010


This was the first mountain I ever climbed. It started an obsession...
Posted Aug 4, 2013 11:18 am

abrennalinerushDo you need a first aid kit?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013


If you trail run down, I highly suggest not falling. On the plus side, if you DO fall, the blood dripping down your leg will look really super cool, and everyone will move out of your way so you can keep running uninterrupted! (Or perhaps it's because they're afraid you have a highly communicable disease...? Whichever.) My only regret from this day is not hula hooping at the summit. Learn from my mistakes, friends!
Posted Jun 19, 2013 11:59 pm

utahguy058It's the Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013


Can You Say Up Up and Up. This hike has a lot of elevation in a short time, but it is very manageable, the final scramble to the top was a lot of fun, a lot more intimidating than it actually is. The views are gorgeous! Totally worth the climb as Miley said.
Posted Jun 17, 2013 5:32 pm

TonyTheJetGood Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013


Climbed it with a co-worker today. It was hot for early June--95-96 degrees! Had a great time, and made it up in just over 2 hours. We saw a rattlesnake on the way up.

Going down I always seem to take the wrong route and have to scramble a bit more than necessary, so if you aren't a regular on this mountain, be sure to kind of take note of the route you use to get up to the summit. It will save you from some sketchy areas getting back down to the trail.
Posted Jun 9, 2013 4:26 pm

HaydenFirst time up there  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2013


We got up early this morning and started before the sun came up. The last section from the saddle to the top was my favorite part. Going down to the bottom sucks, I only fell once. There were tons of flies at the saddle area today.
Posted Jun 7, 2013 10:20 pm

mthorntView View View
Date Climbed: Mar 3, 2012


I had 4 hours to spare so I hiked the west face of Mount Olympus. I didn't follow any specific trail which made the ascent pretty fun.

The hike had amazing views and some scrambling areas about half way up. I didn't quite make the summit as I ran out of time but if I go back to Salt Lake, I'll definitely hit it again if I have time.
Posted Jun 6, 2013 7:42 pm

PrinceOfNorwaySo this happened  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013


I really liked the scrambling portion of this hike. We ran down the trail and it was probably the best thing ever. I was sorry that everyone coming up were hiking in such heat!
Posted Jun 1, 2013 8:08 pm

MAeroTraining  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2013
Getting back in shape after moving from out East. Started at around 6:45 and had the summit to myself. ~2hr up
Posted May 12, 2013 7:04 pm

andrew davidgreat one  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 11, 2011

andrew david

Went solo through 1 ft of snow posthole-ing the entire way and decided after this hike to finally invest in snowshoes after I waded through some snow up to my waist for the last little stretch. But it was awesome and I love this peak in winter. Had done it once in fall too. My favorite central Wasatch view and peak. One of the first I climbed upon moving to Utah and the elevation was making me suffer to walk to the store but I had to climb this thing as soon as I learned what its name was and where the trail began. I was near dead at the top that first time and some local made fun of me. Think of this the next time the Jazz run a visiting team off the basketball court.
Posted Feb 18, 2013 12:11 am

ApexrockWest Slabs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2012


Was a little tricky navigating our way over to the main summit in the dark. Lots of fun though!
Posted Oct 8, 2012 12:28 pm

Ryan BorzeaFun spring snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 8, 2012

Ryan Borzea

Had a blast, bought crampons after this summit. Slippery fun!

Also did a summer summit in 2011.
Posted Sep 20, 2012 7:55 pm

marc123nice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2009


Nice hike on the trail to the top in bad weather with brother Nick.
Posted Sep 18, 2012 5:49 am

kgmackSLC View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012
Used to run this in High School. It was a bit tougher now that I am out of shape. I love the views of the city then the ranges. There are way too many stupid people who take this hike with not enough water and get stuck (happened 3 times in that week that I climbed).
Posted Aug 31, 2012 4:28 pm

scgrantMt. Oly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2015


3/28/2015 After work, 1:38 up 2:39 RT, 1/9/2015, 11/2/2014 Up the standard trail under snowy conditions with Greg Jagielski, Donovan Lynch, and Ben Stokes. 10/5/2014 Along with North summit via a free climb of the West Slabs. 9/21/2014 With Brad Yates and Lubos Pavel. We were planning on doing the West Slabs route but it was a very rainy day so we opted to head up the standard trail. We had a break in the weather as we summited but otherwise it was a very wet day. 28th ascent. 5/25/2014 With the WMC as part of the Wildcat Ridge traverse. A lot of snow on the ridge made for a very long hike. 4/3/2014 after work, 3/31/2014 25th time to the top of Mount Olympus. A lot of new snow from the storm yesterday, 2/15/2014, 12/11/2013, 11/28/2013 Second Thanksgiving in a row climbing Mount Olympus, 6/9/2013 With the WMC as part of the Wildcat Ridge Traverse, 4/21/2013 Climbed after work, 4/7/2013 Climbed after work. 2 hr 45 min RT, fastest time to summit at 1 hr 44 min, 3/31/2013 Followed up a Grandeur Peak climb with a climb of Mt. Olympus. From the top of Blister Hill, I climbed the Forgotten Arete to the saddle. Great scramble, 3/25/2013, 3/6/2013, 3/1/2013, 2/25/2013, 1/20/2013, 1/6/2013, 1/2/2013, 11/25/2012, 11/22/2012 Thanksgiving Day, 10/17/2012 Started up at 5:00 am, hiked up in the dark. Reached the summit at 6:50 am and hung out on top until 7:30 am. Watched the sunrise and the city come to life before heading back down. Back down to trailhead at 8:45. Good way to start the morning, 10/6/2012 Traversed over after climbing Triangle Peak, 1/29/2012, 1/6/2012, 12/28/2011, 11/14/2011, 10/16/2011 via the West Ridge, both North and South summit, 5/27/2011, 4/1/2011.
Posted Aug 14, 2012 10:36 pm

dstevenson0204Early Season  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2012


Fun hike. We camped on top in the snow and woke up to a blizzard!
Posted Aug 2, 2012 5:01 pm

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