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Ascent of Mount Olympus on 2016-08-13

Climber: Tynan Ramm-Granberg

Others in Party:Kristen Jacobs
Jake Horn
Jared Bowman
Sean Casserly -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tyler Ramm-Gramenz
Date:Saturday, August 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Olympus
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:7969 ft / 2428 m

Ascent Trip Report

A trip blessed with fantastic weather, friends, and a one-of-a-kind peak. In the pre-dawn approach we swung wide when crossing Blue Glacier, skirting the base of Mt Mathias before cutting across to follow snow strips through the rock up to to Snow Dome. In the afternoon we had more confidence in the state of the glacier and cut a more direct route across the Blue. I've never been on a glacier that was so visibly and dramatically ablating, with water pouring down the upper surface and impressive aquamarine water chutes disappearing into the depths. Snow conditions were a bit soft after several consecutive hot days, but really the only dangerous part was the group of unprepared, crampon-less yahoos near the summit block slipping and sliding through our rope line. We took the class 5 route up the north face, placing three points of protection--it was a shorter pitch than expected and a single 60m rope was more than enough for the rappel. I would highly recommend that aspect over the chaucy scramble routes. What an incredible introduction to trad climbing!
Summary Total Data
    Route:Blue Glacier
    Nights Spent:4 nights away from roads



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