Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide


Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide
Manufacturer The Mountaineers Books
Page By awilsondc
Page Type Sep 10, 2012 / Sep 10, 2012
Object ID 8366
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Product Description

This is the go to book for summits in the Olympic Mountains. It details approach information, climbing beta, and historical info on nearly all Olympic Mountain peaks.


Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide, has just about every summit you can think of in the Olympic Mountains with several route descriptions for each when possible. Each mountain also has historical information such as first ascent info. The book is arranged by area, so you can browse through certain areas of the Olympics and get ideas for possible climbs. If you want to look up a specific mountain, they are listed alphabetically in the back of the book.

The first half of the book is dedicated to the major Olympic Mountain summits, arranged by area. The second half of the book details technical climbs (class 5+) in the Olympic Mountains.

This book is a must have for any serious peak bagger or alpine climber who wants to explore the beautiful Olympic Mountains.



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awilsondc - Sep 10, 2012 10:26 pm - Voted 5/5

Must have for Olympic climbers
This book is awesome! It has so much information on Olympic mountain climbs, you could pretty much read it like a novel if you were so inclined. Great source of beta for anyone looking to climb mountains in the Olympics. The only thing I don't like is that it lacks information in the distance and elevation gain statistics. It does give you "time up from _____ (road, camp)" but that is not as helpful to me as dist/ele.

Jake Robinson - Sep 20, 2012 2:48 am - Voted 5/5

Take the difficulty ratings with a grain of salt
The amount of information in this book is certainly unmatched by any other source, and thus it is a definite "must have" for any Olympic climber. One thing to be aware of, however, is that sometimes it tends to underrate the difficulty of certain routes. For example: This book rates the standard route up Constance as class 3, but according to almost anyone who has climbed it the route goes as class four. It also rates the standard route up Warrior Peak as class 3, while most people agree that there is a section of tough class four that is often rappelled. Anyways, this shouldn't discourage you from using the book; it's incredibly helpful (especially with lesser-known peaks), just be careful you aren't getting in over your head on certain climbs.

Andrew Rankine - Sep 14, 2013 12:25 am - Hasn't voted

Must Have, but flawed
This is a great resource for the Olympics but it is flawed in its organization (admittedly navigation and categorization are difficult in this circular-shaped range.

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