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jsigler

2013 Conditions on Olympus

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I am going to be heading to Olympus on the 2nd of July and I was wondering if anyone has been up the Blue Glacier lately and what conditions are like on the glacier?

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Our group is heading up July 5th, I'd love to hear any feedback as well. I stopped by the ranger station yesterday and he said he spoke to a few people who went up the last couple weeks but he didn't want to tell me any info.

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Just got back...conditions excellent! Bear wires in place at Glacier Meadows...so don't take food canisters! Crossing Blue Glacier easy-peasy. Snow conditions up the Snow Dome excellent for step-cutting. Our party did not need crampons. Leave camp at Glacier Meadows by 3 a.m. (Local weather tends to develop late morning around the summit ridge...)

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Awesome! Thanks for the info. I will be heading to the summit on the 5th from Glacier Meadows. You didn't use crampons on the glacier even or just on the snow dome?

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Great to know! Was there running water at Glacier Meadows or did you have to melt? What route did you take up to the summit block?

 

Jsigler, we'll be a day behind you, aiming to summit on 7/6, see you up there.

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Glacier Meadows camp 70% melted out. Beaucoup running water --no need to melt. Our party planned to reach summit via Crystal Pass, but turned back at top of Snow Dome due to high winds and lowering cloud ceiling. You'll hopefully have better weather, but I would emphasize importance of alpine start. I don't think Olympus is the place for L.S.M. We elected not to carry crampoons early season and didn't need them. Your results may vary.

 

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We climbed on June 29th and conditions were great. 4th of July route looks like it goes on a small fin but everyone has been playing it safe via Crystal Pass, up and over Five Fingers (upper bergschrund still has a couple weeks).

 

Some photos on our blog.

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