Beautiful views! The standard route is in bad shape so we opted to climb the less frequently climbed West Ridge. Lots of route finding and loose rock.
With Tyler, Jack, Kevin, Michael, Broc and Jenny
#1 8-22-17 Led by Tyler and Jack of Pacific Alpine Guides our team of five stalwarts successfully reached the rugged summit on a 13.5-hour day, blessed with a bluebird day and nearly ideal snow conditions. Left Glacier Meadows campsite at 2:35 a.m. and high-fived on the summit 8 hours later. Thanks also to excellent team members Lana, Kevin, Broc and Jenny.
Amazing scenery with very long approach.
report : http://mvkazit.blogspot.com/2017/07/mount-olympus.html
One of my finest memories
I am not really a mountaineer but if the climb is easy enough with minimal rope then I am willing to go. The climb was easy and incredibly beautiful for us. It was so easy I climbed in my merrell barefoot shoes. Here is the story. http://ourjourneysflow.com/16180d-21h-11m-mt-olympus/
Finally off the list!
Climbed with josh and Mike and Jayme over a beautiful 3 days! Beautiful mountain
We finished via the North Ridge route (5.4). The lower blue glacier had giant pools of water in later day, so it's a good idea to go higher before crossing over the mostly flat glacier.
The Blue Glacier is amazing, reminding me more of the big, complicated glaciers I've seen up in Canada than the ones in the nearby Cascades. 10h12 car-to-car for an FKT. Trip report.
Climbed with Matt Lemke and Josh Lewis in 3 days. We had to do the 5.4 North Ridge route since the bergshrund was already impassable this year. Not much I can add that hasn't already been said. Incredibly rewarding beauty and worth the visit.
Great climb for my 25th birthday with my friend Chris, Did the Blue glacier route during a heat wave - running water on the ice at 4AM. We were on top by 8:30 and down through the heat before it got too bad
Did it in 4 days with my friends Nik, Cameron and Dan. Great group and fabulous weather made an outstanding trip unforgettable. The Blue Glacier in August is one of the most beautiful sights I have ever beheld. We filled our canteens in one of the many streams running down the glacier and drank the naturally pure and refreshing water.
We went Blue Glacier, Crystal Pass, to the west side summit block ascent. The east side scramble route was inaccessible due to a troublesome moat. The west side route was mostly class 4 with a 15-foot step that I'd call 5.4.
The washout area below Glacier Meadows has a new trail grade cut through it, so it is no longer a major obstacle.
PS. This mountain is stunningly beautiful. The Blue Glacier is unlike any other glacier I've seen or know of in the lower 48 with its low-grade terminus. Definitely worth the 44 mile round trip.
Long hike but worth every step. Beautiful area.
Came back from our first trip to the Blue in 2009 this time to get the summit. Perfect day.
Beautiful summit day with undercast and views from Mt. Hood to Mt. Baker. Went up Crystal Pass and then took the North Ridge (5.4) variation to gain the summit. Route to Crystal Pass was still in fine shape, but goes between 2 large crevasses along a steep slope; a fall here would put the entire rope team into the lower crevasse, so be careful! Getting onto the North Ridge requires going around a moat that may have gotten bigger since we were there. There are currently a couple of (questionable) intermediate rap anchors en route, in case you brought less than a 60-m rope. Otherwise, with a 60 you can get all the way down to the snow from the big slung boulder near the summit. Not sure how much longer the route has this season due to the unusually large schrunds near CP, so glad to have gotten it when we did!
I climbed Olympus round trip in 16 hrs 3 minutes. See my trip report http://www.summitpost.org/mount-olympus-in-a-day/857932
Climbed Olympus for a charity group called Bay Area Wilderness Training. My favorite climb to date, perfect weather and unbeatable conditions. A truly profound experience. Will be back up there soon hopefully!
1x via Blue Glacier in three days. Probably my favorite climb.