JonFinch wrote:A buddy and I are planning to hike Olympus this Saturday. Neither of us have been up there before. We're thinking about traversing over from the south peak to the north peak then descending the west ridge. I've read the route report for the traverse and it sounds like fun, but it seems as if there are many chutes and ledges up into the north peaks and picking the "correct" ones might be difficult (maybe it doesn't really matter which one we pick?). I was wondering just how committed we'll be in the middle of that traverse. Is it going to be easy to bail if we decide we can't find the right route or are we pretty much committed to at least getting over to the west ridge?
By the 'West Ridge,' you are referring to Wildcat Ridge ?
There's been several accidents and fatalities on this mountain.
I heard once you get inside the couloir between the South and North peaks,
you're pretty well commited.
But we're not planning to traverse over the top, but around below the intermediate summits then summit the northern peak (http://www.summitpost.org/route/163334/ ... pass-.html). If it stays class 4 with an occasional low 5, we should be ok... hope you don't hear about us on the news
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