Climbed 02-07-15 and 04-03-2015.
Wonderful hike. Slushy snow and mud half-way up. Clear on the final scramble. Packed snow on summit. Lovely sunset on the way down.
I had to do something with myself after tearing my A2 pulley. I figured it be a good time to get back to my roots of pure exploration. Packed snow on the trail with somewhat sketchy melting slabs on rock higher up. Saw a small slab avalanche on the way down.
Climbed with RB. More strenuous than one would expect. Nice scramble just below the summit and great summit consisting of a jumble of large boulders.
7/8/08, 08/14/09, 11/12/12 (snow)
A fun but run out route. I think we pitched it out in 8-9 leads. definitely this would be a great spring training climb for bigger alpine objectives. the decent was maybe a bit harder than the climb. I was able to rappel with a single 60m rope and was glad to have brought it.
Climbed up in 1hr 45min from the standard trail. Scrambling was fun near the top and the views of the Cottonwood Ridge and the Salt Lake Valley are spectacular!
First Mountain I got to do as a Utah resident
I loved it. The hike, the scrambling, and the view and feeling at the top were everything I hoped for. I lucked out with the weather too; it was a gorgeous day.
Despite the heat it was a very enjoyable hike. Went up the west side of the summit.
A good hike.
Great day to hike up Mt Olympus!
Took ropes, didn't use them. Bolts everywhere on slab. Also, couloir was easy with just approach shoes. Long summit ridge to true summit, then down the rugged trail and found new connector trail that traversed back to car at Bonneville trailhead in neighborhood. Saw a gopher snake. Fun times.
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)
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.
Great day with you Wyomtman!
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.
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.
This was the first mountain I ever climbed. It started an obsession...