Mount Olympus

Climb Mount Olympus With Alpine Ascents

FOR SUMMER 2021, AS PART OF COVID-19 REGULATIONS: Climbers will need to provide their own transportation to and from the trailhead.

If that be not the home where dwell the Gods, it is beautiful enough to be, and I therefore call it Mount Olympus.  – John Meares, 1788

The undisputed crown jewel of the Olympic Mountain Range, Mount Olympus beckons mountaineers to her remote summit.   Though the peak is relatively diminutive in stature when compared to the Cascade volcanoes,  glory on Olympus comes only after trekking 17.5 miles through a primeval temperate rainforest, crossing the crevassed Blue Glacier, and scrambling an exposed summit ridge.  For any Northwest climber this peak is considered a rite of passage; for everyone this is an adventure through the beautiful and diverse terrain of Olympic National Park, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alpine Ascents’ five-day climb of Mount Olympus is an excellent choice for climbers who appreciate the journey as well as the destination.   This instructional course/summit climb teaches the basics of glacier mountaineering, including proper ice axe use and self-arrest skills, glacier travel, and basic rope techniques while aiming to summit a remote peak at the very center of Olympic National Park.  With a 3:1 climber-to-guide ratio, we offer personal and hands-on training with an experienced guide team. Successful completion of this program gives you the required skills for some of our more advanced expeditions as well as serious bragging rights.

Tents Equipment & Meals

Provided: All group climbing equipment, including climbing ropes and technical hardware; meals (except lunch); and tents.
Not Provided: Personal equipment and lunches. You are responsible for all items on the Gear List.

Note: If you are a beginning climber, we strongly advise renting as much gear as possible. Alpine Ascents and other local retailers provide quality rental equipment at reasonable prices. We also offer a 10% discount at the Alpine Ascents Gear Shop located at our offices. We conduct a mandatory gear check the day before your climb. A confirmation package with all details will be sent upon registration.

Reading List

This is a highly recommended shortlist and we would be happy to pass on a longer reading list for those interested. These links will bounce to Amazon.com with reviews.

Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills
Don Graydon (Ed.), Kurt Hanson (Ed.), Mountaineers Society, Mountaineers Books
The Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Andy Tyson, Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine

The course and the guides did an excellent job of expanding our comfort zones daily on the trip until we were able to perform maneuvers and cover terrain that none of us would have been willing to before the course.

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