Gained the ridge via a narrow couloir to the far climber's left as one looks at Round Top. There was a good amount of snow on the ridge and west side, which was much better going than over the usual talus. We climbed the ridge until the exposed, knife-edge traverse, about 3/4 of the way along. The unbelievably crappy rock had lots of breakable rime ice on it. Combine that with the 50 mph winds, and we opted to detour around the crux. That meant downclimbing about 300 feet and crossing several annoying spines until we landed in a gully that looked like a promising way to regain the ridge. Up we went, topping out a few notches below the summit. We downclimbed the left variation of the Crescent Moon couloir to head back to Carson Pass.
in AT boots and skis on the back. ER took about 2.5 hours. Then traversed West Ridge and skied back to Carson pass - which was the best part of the day. This route (especially the first half) is a definition of "loose". The second half was pretty fun.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe