Awesome trip. Everyone should do this one at least once.
Crystal Pass with two other teams. See our trip report
Great hike/easy climb up the Valhallas. Would have loved to get up on Olympus but a rain/sleet storm caused me to bail (and my dog was getting grouchy and stubborn by that point). Otherwise, great time and highly recommended!
Beautiful area and great climb, 22 hour dayhike
This was my 3rd time up. We took 4 days each time. Awesome mountain.
Day 1 - Lewis Meadows
Day 2 - Panic Peak
Day 3 - Summit and back to Lewis Meadows
Day 4 - Out
This schedule worked great, except Day 3 was long and the last 3 miles resulted in some limping. The east face summit block can be handled with no rock pro, just some slings and a rope for the 20' rappel past the high 4th class move.
Resigning Log, 2nd time for me...about 35 years ago with Seattle Mountaineers, now with son and friend. Ideal weather, no crowds, very enjoyable trip.
I guided my blind friend Toby to the summit via the Ho River/Blue Glacier Route with a new climbing partner, Bryan. We never saw the east side summit scramble and ended up climbing the west ridge, which was mostly 5.4 with one or two 5.7 moves in just 2 pitches. All but three of the 30+ climbers we talked to coming down backed down from this summit block, so we had a real feeling of accomplishment. Best of all, they forecast showers, but we were above the clouds for 3 days and felt like we were flying between them on the summit. I've climbed higher and harder, but this was the most rewarding climb of my life.
I've climbed a lot of mountains. This is probably the most beautiful mountain I've ever seen. The view from the top of the Blue Glacier Moraine is out of this world.
Climbed this one with Dave C., Don N., Richard C., and Adam H.. Beautiful weather with late season conditions on the Blue. Went via Crystal Pass, north side snow ramp, the sidewalk, and SE corner climb. One member sprained ankle on the way back to base camp, leading to a long painfull walk out.
The original log for this mountain was accidentally deleted. SP member Haliku, who died in a climbing accident in 2010, had signed the log. Here is his entry:
"Route Climbed: Blue Glacier Date Climbed: May 5, 2004
We had the mountain to ourselves. Conditions were perfect with occasional times in the clouds once we were on the snow dome. We used the early season route options whenever possible. The crux of the climb was the west peak as it was covered in snow and ice. A short ice climb on the north side allowed me to put a belay in for my partners, Axe and Old Guide, to climb up and join me on the top.
It was a long day due to the early season conditions. We took 14.5 hours round trip from Glacier Meadows. Click here for the trip report."
Here is the trip report mentioned: http://www.summitpost.org/an-excessively-wet-adventure-mt-olympus-wa/169522.
Here is a screen shot of the original entry: http://www.summitpost.org/haliku-s-olympus-log-entry/734832.
Yes, the approach is long but it's well worth it. This was my first rock climb. See the the trip report and video.
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.