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Adams or Olympus:
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Author:  Kurt Zogorski [ Wed Jul 08, 2009 3:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Adams or Olympus:

I was thinking of researching a route up Adams or Olympus. Im pretty new at mountaineering, but they are supposed be be beginner routes (If nothing goes wrong). I'm thinking not this weekend, but the next. Anyone interested?

Advice from experienced members would be much appreciated.

Author:  Valerie Wall [ Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

If you are new to mountaineering, I would suggest to start with a trip up Adams vs. Olympus. The basic route on Olympus should have some large crevasses/berschrunds at the top of snow dome this late in the year that may be difficult to pass. And if you do get by that, the summit scramble has a very exposed move that can be pretty scarey if you haven't done much of that sort of thing before. Adams is very straight forward and a great first step to climbing big volcanoes. Not to say that you shouldn't do Olympus sometime though. Hope that helps.

Author:  Brian Doehle [ Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

I second Val's reply. Adams is a fun trip, and you are well prepared for it. Very similar to Baker, without the crevasses.

Author:  Eric Johnson [ Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

Agree with above. Olympus is a much longer approach, has serious glacier travel, and a short technical rock pitch at the top. Adams by the south side route is much shorter and non-technical.

Author:  Kurt Zogorski [ Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

So Adams it is. Any suggestions for routes? From what I've read, the Southern Spur is the easiest and doesn't require a rope/roping up gear while the Mazama Glacier Route is also easy but roping up is highly recommended. Furthermore, the Southern Spur is a single day route while the Mazama is best done over two days.

Author:  Brian Doehle [ Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:55 pm ]
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While people do climb the south route in a day, I would consider doing an overnight. Its 7000 of vert (similar to Baker), and don't underestimate how slow you may move above 11,000. Plus the views are pretty outstanding. I think Evan would tell you he didn't enjoy his one day Adams climb.

Author:  Evan Jewett [ Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

Brian is right, I didn't really enjoy doing it in a day. We left the car around 5 if I recall, summitted around noon, and were back at the car by 2:30. From around 11-1:30 I felt pretty much like crap and didn't feel especially like moving. As big a pain as it is to carry up overnight stuff, it'll make the actual summitting much more enjoyable.

Author:  Kurt Zogorski [ Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

Thanks for the replies! Just one question: is a rope needed at all on the South Spur route? I cant find the info anywhere.

Author:  Brian Doehle [ Fri Jul 17, 2009 8:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

No, you don't need a rope. There is no actual crevasse on the route, just snowfields. Ice axe and crampons recomended however.

Author:  Evan Jewett [ Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus:

Kurt, when you go do the south spur route you will laugh at how seriously you thought about the route (not that I'm not encouraging serious thought about any alpine objective). You are more well prepared right now than most of the people you will be zipping past on your way up and down.

Author:  Eric Johnson [ Mon Jul 20, 2009 1:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Adams or Olympus: is one source for route information. Also many guide books out there.

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