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|| Mount Olympus
We climbed the spectacular North Face of Salt Lake City's 9026' Mount Olympus as training
for a climb on Grand Teton.
who has stood and looked at this massive wall of rock known as the "West Slabs"
has to be impressed. This is an 11-pitch technical climb requiring the use of ropes
and climbing equipment.
Mount Olympus climb was very exciting since it contained a mix of rock and ice. The
approach route includes a very steep, one-mile long snow and ice filled couloir. This
required the use of an ice axe and crampons, which are metal spikes strapped to the bottom
of your boots. This leads to the base of a massive crag where the rock climbing
worst part of the climb was fighting off the viscous deer flies. If you stopped climbing
they attacked in squadron strength.
The route known as the "West Slabs" will require complete technical
climbing equipment. The route will take 5 to 6 hours from trailhead to summit. The
route is rated 5.5 PG III using the YDS rating and includes 11 pitches . The trip offers
several variations including summiting the 8,959' North Summit and the 9,026' South Summit
of Mount Olympus. A small standard rack should be all that is required for protection.
Small cams seem to be the most useful. Several trees can be slung and used as protection.
climbs will involve the use of mountaineering skills including the use of ice axe and
crampons to ascend the ice filled couloir.
Navigation for this route is moderate. There is no reliable water available on the
If you would like to try a
traditional technical route and have little or no experience you might want to consider
hiring a professional guide service. This route is guided by Exum Utah Mountain Adventures for a very reasonable
From Wasatch Boulevard turn
east on Oakview Drive (4275 South). Travel 0.6 miles and turn right on Jupiter
Drive. Travel 0.3 miles and turn left on Adonis Drive. Travel 500 feet and turn
right on Thousand Oaks Drive. Travel 0.26 miles and park at the gate to Skyline Hills (GPS
N40 40' 14" W111 47' 28").
It is a good idea to
inspect the route from Wasatch Boulevard. If there is snow in the couloir, and ice axe and
crampons are recommended.
begins to the east (left) of the Skyline Hills Gate. From the trailhead climb the railroad
tie stairs up the dirt embankment on the south side of the road and intersect a pipeline
trail 100 yards from the road, which runs behind the houses. There is a black metal
fence blocking the trail, bushwhack around the fence to the east. After the bushwhack
around the gate parallel a chain link fence until you intersect the pipeline trail. Follow
the pipeline trail east until it intersects a dry stream bed. Follow the stream bed uphill
to the base of the West Slabs, this should take about 2 hours. The first two pitches of
the 11-pitch West Slab route are the most difficult.
Hiking Mount Olympus
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