Mount Olympus Climber's Log-- Please Re-sign

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Mount Olympus Climber's Log-- Please Re-sign

by Bob Sihler » Wed Aug 03, 2011 4:04 pm

Hello all,

Recently, in the process of trying to help the page owner with a transfer, the climber's log for Mount Olympus got deleted. It was my fault, not the page owner's, so please don't blame him at all. I explained to him how it happened, and it's a complicated story, but basically, a tool did something unexpected. Even though I had previously tested the tool, I managed not to notice the quirk that caused the deletion. Attempts to restore the page were unsuccessful. Well, at least it was the log, not someone's trip report, route, or the page itself!

Anyway, I apologize for this mess.

If you had signed the Olympus log before-- there were 43 entries-- please take a few minutes to sign it again.

Thanks, and sorry,


P.S. I did manage to find a cached version of Page 2, and those of you who signed on that page can see it here and easily copy your entry:

If anyone can find a cached version of Page 1 or 3, please post a link here. I have been unable to find one.

Here is a link to the Olympus log:

And below is a copy of the entries from the cached version, just in case the cached page disappears.

Dennis Poulin Blue Glacier Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

Dennis Poulin
Tough climb in a white out on the summit. 14 hour summit day from Glacier Meadows. I'm obviously no trail runner like Pantilat. Total climbing time over 5 days was about 35 hours and only one of us had a broken leg.
Posted Sep 5, 2007 4:47 pm

Pantilat Speed Ascent 11.5 hr roundtrip Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2007

11.5 hour round trip speed record from the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center trailhead. Gorgeous weather and idyllic conditions.

Trip report and photos: ... Post709650
Posted Aug 2, 2007 2:36 pm

seth Blue Glacier Perfection Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2007

Absolutely spectacular trip. Perfect weather, route, experience. A favorite, and one I will repeat more than once.
Posted Aug 1, 2007 8:04 pm

ridgegirl Rain and more rain! Sucess!

Climbed it with a group of Boy Scouts which made the trip interesting. It rained and rained but we finally got a small window after a couple days. We hiked back out in one day because we were so tired of the rain. The trail out was completely washed out in some places. Beautiful mountain!
Posted Jul 1, 2007 2:32 am

thundercloud Blue Glacier Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2003

One of the best experiences in the PNW, and perhaps the best alpine setting in the region. An all time favorite.
Posted May 25, 2007 5:12 pm

mbollino A Teeth Cutting Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 1995

First time on glacier. Any nightime apprehension evaporated once on the flats of the Blue glacier. The upper mountain had beautiful cracks everywhere (of course we avoided them) and gave me my first taste of alpine living. I was workin at Sol Duc at the time so we approached from by dropping into the Hoh valley from near the High Divide. Made for a dreaded slog back up to the Divide after summiting the previous day. Completely knackered by the time we reached the car, but pushing it is what makes a trip so memoreable sometimes. Car to car in three days.
Posted Feb 21, 2007 10:16 pm

Norman Olympus via Blue Glacier Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Great climb, good weather. It's been about 35 years since I was here last. What a trip. I'll leave a trip report and pictures. My son, Andrew and friend Nick covered 44 miles and summit in 3 days.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 4:44 pm

brother Blue Glacier Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

A brilliant climb in beautiful country. Weather was great, rock on summit block was a little sketchy. Hoh river trail is fast and makes for really great hiking.
Posted Aug 15, 2006 9:55 pm

Peak Freak Blue Glacier / North Ridge Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006

Peak Freak
Ditto what Martin Said!
Posted Jul 7, 2006 6:36 am

Martin Cash Blue Glacier / North Ridge Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2006

Martin Cash
Eileen, Andrej, and I climbed this route in a nice relaxed pace taking 4 days total. We took 2 half days to approach the glacier meadows camp, then departed for the summit at 5:00AM on day number 3. We summited just before noon and were back to camp by 3:30. Fun climb with beautiful views. The upper Blue Glacier is breathtaking. Painful hike out with blisters on my feet. Loved the view down from the Hoh High Bridge. Had a great time!
Posted Jul 6, 2006 6:54 pm

etsnyd Blue Glacier Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 1984

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.
Posted Feb 23, 2006 4:01 pm

mandrake Route Climbed: Blue Glacier Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2002 Sucess!

Long way in, but beautiful mountain!
Posted Oct 31, 2005 7:47 pm

Franko1946 Route Climbed: Blue glacier Date Climbed: July 1981 Sucess!
Nice climb, but crowded on July 4
Posted Oct 2, 2005 10:55 pm

Brian Frederick Route Climbed: Blue Glacier Date Climbed: July 16, 1979 Sucess!

Brian Frederick
Hiked up in one day to Glacier meadows thru heat wave.Chris and I started to climb around 4AM with bare Ice and running water on Blue glacier. Beat the heat to the top of the snow dome, did a nice litlle rock climb in crampons to get past the bergschrund and summited by 9AM. Sat on top in perfect warm weather for about an hour and Chris reminded me it was my 25th birthday! Slogged down thru increasing heat, packed up and started out. Great climb!
Posted May 17, 2005 6:38 pm

norbertc Route Climbed: Blue Glacier - Crystal Pass - Summit Date Climbed: 15 August 2004 Sucess!

We took a very liesurely hike in along the Hoh River, finally camping at Glacier Meadows on our third night.

4 am start in a group of three amateurs and one guide (Jim Cameron of Olympic Mountaineering - Port Angeles, WA). We crossed the Blue Glacier at dawn. The Snow Dome glacier route was full of crevasses, so Jim let us up the (non-technical) rock to the right of the glacier descending from the Snow Dome to reach the Snow Dome itself. The route was marked with small rock piles. From there on to Crystal Pass, where all snowbridges were melted out. We climbed in and out of the first crevasse, then skirted the second by climbing between the rock and ice. We finally reached the Summit Block at 11:30 and summitted around noon after our guide did the free climb up to belay the rest of us.

The summit rock section is about 80' or so high; the first 40 or 50 feet are a mildly exposed scramble followed by an almost vertical climb with moderate exposure, but only one somewhat complicated move. There is a lot of loose rock - you absolutely want to wear a helmet!

The weather was perfectly clear, the temperature warm, and the wind mostly calm; we spent 1 and 1/2 hours on the summit. There were two other climbers on the Mountain this day, who arrived and departed the summit as we enjoyed the views.

Our guide essentially winched each of us down off the airy summit. On the return to Glacier Meadows the snow was soft and our guide belayed us down the steep bits whenever an open crevasse lay directly below. Return to Glacier Meadows at 8 pm.

It was a great day, a beautiful mountain.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 7:37 pm

Haliku 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.
Posted May 10, 2004 11:03 am

ITRAD Route Climbed: Blue Glacier Date Climbed: August 2002 Sucess!

I climbed Mount Olympus with Carol Scott of Ashland KY. and Barry Richardson of Lexington KY. It was the first time I climbed with Barry and only the second with Carol. In the pouring rain, it took two days to get to Glacier Meadows. There the weather gave us a break we made a run for the summit. On the summit we had cookies and lots of sunshine. We made a quick decent to the Blue Glacier. Crossed the Glacier then back to camp. An excellent trip, I brought back lot's of memories a few good pic's and made a couple of great friends.
Posted Dec 12, 2003 9:14 pm

iandoten Route Climbed: Blue Glacier Date Climbed: July 31, 2003 Sucess!
Took a leisurely 4 day trip. A fast and hot day 1 to Elk Lake for cooling off swim. Short day 2 to camp at Caltech moraine. Day 3 to summit and back out to Olympus Guard station. Day 4 to car. Hot and dry the whole way. Had high camp and summit to ourselves, incredible views. Climbed straight up the summit face over some loose rock (5.4 at most). Would definitely recommend approach shoes for the first 13+ miles (probably all the way to the moraine) so your feet don't turn to meat like Greg's (I won't post the photo but trust me, it's bad).
Posted Oct 1, 2003 6:45 pm

Bob Bolton Route Climbed: Blue Glacier Date Climbed: August 4, 2003 Sucess!

Bob Bolton
We took parts of two days to hike into Glacier Meadows. Six of us started at 4AM Monday, summitting at noon. There was a freeway all the way to the top from the west flank of the lower Blue Glacier. Hiked all the way out on Tuesday. Perfect weather for the four days. It was so dry that many campsites had no water except the Hoh River - not a pleasant situation. Great mountain, and great trip!
Posted Aug 10, 2003 4:37 pm

rpc Route Climbed: Blue Glacier Date Climbed: July 4-6, 2003 Sucess!

My wife Shirley, our friend Andrew and I set out from car at 7am on Friday morning. Got to Glacier Meadows at 4:30 pm with many relaxing breaks on the way. Perfect weather. Up at 3:30 am on Saturday for a 4am start in crappy (fog/drizzle) weather. By the time we reached the summit (10 or 11am) the sky opened up and we had a great view of the Olympus Massif. Crevasses on the Blue were mostly covered up. There was a thinnish snow bridge over a huge crevasse (or bershrund) high up on the Snow Dome (just below the saddle near Five Fingers). Took a ~5.4 variation up the summit block (led by Andrew) to the left of the 4th class (looks more like low 5th class) route. It's about 80-90 feet of climbing. Many parties on the mountain. Well beaten track all the way to the summit block. Down to Glacier Meadows for a quick dinner. Start hiking/running back down at 5:45 pm on Saturday. Ran out of energy 5 miles shy of car (5-mi Camp) at about 10pm. Bivied there and got to car 9am Sunday for a grand total of 50 hrs. For us mortals, that was fast enough. Incredible mountain. The ice fall on the upper Blue is one of the most spectacular sights I've seen!

More details in summit report.
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Re: Mount Olympus Climber's Log-- Please Re-sign

by Sarah Simon » Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:55 pm

That's it, Bob, you're fired!!! Oh, and we all want a full refund on our 2011 membership fees!

In all seriousness, thanks for addressing this in such a thorough fashion.

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Re: Mount Olympus Climber's Log-- Please Re-sign

by Redwic » Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:34 pm

Thanks, Bob, for trying to resolve what I consider a website glitch. I made a couple of attempts to find the Page 1 and Page 3 caches, but thus far have had no success. Perhaps someone with a little (or a lot) more website savvy might have better luck.

If those three pages can all be retrieved or viewed, I will attempt to do a "Print Screen" feature to create a "picture" of the entries to summit to SummitPost and then add to the main Mount Olympus page. Then the historical aspect will not be totally lost.

Page 2 has some notable names! It makes me wonder what names might be on the other log pages...

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