Ascent of Mount Olympus on 2019-07-21

Climber: KD (Krishna Dase)

Date:Sunday, July 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Olympus
    Elevation:7969 ft / 2428 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day -2: Collected permits from Port Angeles WIC. This helps us to start early and get to Glacier Meadows on the first day.
Day 1: Straight forward 17.3-mile hike to glacier meadows except for climbing down the ladder just before the glacier meadows campsite.
Day 2: After resting well, which meant starting a little late than others, we started to head out to lateral moraine and slide on scree (at times; mostly on stable rocks depending on our eyesight and judgment of its stability) to the blue glacier. We roped up there and found our way over the awesome blue ice and onto snow dome. From snow dome, we started to navigate around the crevasses and protected our way at crystal pass due to the danger of slipping and sliding into the crevasses below us but the snow was soft enough which didn't warrant protection while coming down. Once we reached the saddle next to the false summit, we had to stop to let 6 parties ahead of us to complete their rock journey and free up the bottleneck for us. It was a long wait but worth it to avoid any loose rock that may be bouncing around on our path. We tried to reach to the scramble to evaluate the conditions before we decide to climb 5.4 but the traverse to the scramble was exposed in itself which made us work our way into climbing 5.4 route. Scramble a few steps above the ledge and found the crack in front of the huge flake on climber's left. Used <1" cams to get to rap station and scramble the ridge to get to true summit.
Rapped and hiked back to Glacier Meadows. We wanted to head back down but the long wait to free up the rock for us took away the valuable time to do such hike; so we settled at glacier meadows itself.
Day 3: Started hiking back at 4:30 am, it was a pretty and calm hike back as the clouds moved in with a little breeze. Perfect to not get more tired due to heat on top of already physically tired bodies.

Fun trip, beautiful glacier, route through crystal pass is still in!
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:Grade VI, 5.4
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Mud/Swamp, Rock Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Headlamp, Tent Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Blue Glacier
    Start Trailhead:Hoh River Visitor Center  
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by KD (Krishna Dase)
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