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Routes in Mount Olympus
|Blue Glacier 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Mod. Snow|
|Type:||Snow, Alpine, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Jennifer L on Jun 23, 2014|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
DescriptionTypically done over 3 or 4 days.
On day 1, hike into Glacier Meadows. There is a rope ladder over loose scree that you have to down-climb located a few miles from Glacier Meadows. Otherwise, the trail is fairly straightforward to follow, albeit long.
Day 2 is summit day. Hike to top of the lateral moraine east of the Blue Glacier. Descend to the glacier over the loose moraine. The glacier travel is fairly moderate and easy-going. Depending on conditions, you can choose to traverse across or around the Five Fingers rock formation. After the false summit, you have two choices for the summit pyramid. One is to scramble the class 4 loose rock on the NW side. The second is to climb the 5.4 route on the north side, which is much more solid than the first option and somewhat protectable. For both routes, you may need to down-climb into a moat to attain the rock. The rappel down the north side of the summit pyramid usually requires a 60m rope.
Day 3 is your long hike out.
Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide by Olympic Mountain Rescue has the best description of this route.