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Ascent of Mount Olympus on 2018-07-17

Climber: Austin D. Smith

Others in Party:Mark Smith -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Glenn Campbell
Date:Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Olympus
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7969 ft / 2428 m

Ascent Trip Report

Crystal Pass snow bridge still exists on the far right side of the crevasse. Obvious boot path up to it. Snow bridge is still intact, but it's probably only got a few weeks left if that. Super warm conditions have certainly deteriorated the bridge. There is already a crack in the left side of the bridge, and the bridge may only be about 8-10 feet wide. Once the bridge goes, I'm not sure how to get passed it as the crevasse spans side to side on the walls. Maybe it would be possible to scramble up the right side of the rock. Once the bridge goes, short of repelling in the crevasse, the peak may be inaccessible via Crystal Pass within a few weeks.

Some water was running on the rocks near the top of the snow dome.

Click on the link to Mark Smith's TR above for a full report.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7431 ft / 2264 m
    Round-Trip Distance:46 mi / 74 km
    Route:Blue Glacier/Crystal Pass
    Trailhead:Hoh River TRHD  538 ft / 163 m
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Tent Camp
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Hot, but other wise perfect weather.



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