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MarmadukeFun Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

Marmaduke

Great day with my wife and our two Labs.
Posted Jul 23, 2013 2:15 pm

Larry LavertyWest Ridge, Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2013

Larry Laverty

Snow the entire way. Snowshoed in behind three skiers. Just the four of us on the mountain that day. All the way in and to the top, there in the snow, for a month of posterity to see, were two clean ski tracks, and right next to them the prints of the abominable snowman.
Posted Jun 1, 2013 3:16 am

ElGrecoWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 27, 2011

ElGreco

With Ann. Strong winds, especially from the West summit onwards. If the Cascade volcanoes aren't loose enough for you, come to Round Top... All in all, a fun day out, but I'd far rather spend time on granite, even the loose stuff. Crescent Moon looks like a winner though! Have to come back for it.

Calling the West Ridge a "walk-up" is misleading. It's Class 2 until you get to the West summit. Getting from the West summit to the East (true) summit, is the crux of the route, and if you haven't made it to the East summit - well - then you haven't summited Round Top, sorry guys...

Getting to the summit involves negotiating very loose scree slopes, some with undesirable, cliffy runouts in the distance. How confident are you in stopping a slide on scree? It also involves Class 3 (the route we took was more like Class 4) scrambling on rock to mount the summit mound with virtually no protection opportunities, and it's not unusual for your foothold to give way or for your handhold to find itself sitting squarely in your hand, no longer attached to the rock, if you don't pick and test carefully.

There is a rappel/belay pole a few steps down from the summit marker if you want to make your descent safer and skip the crux downclimb. I bounce tested it and it seemed solid. The rappel is low angle/load too. A 30m rope is enough to get you past the difficult section, almost to the base of the summit mound.
Posted Nov 29, 2011 4:16 pm

WayneFryBrrr...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 19, 2011

WayneFry

This is great local climb and always a pleasure. Very cold and windy conditions that day but still a lot of fun.
Posted Nov 20, 2011 9:13 pm

PellucidWombatBeginner Backpack Trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2009

PellucidWombat

I was leading a beginner backpacking trip for CHAOS to the area. Deeper snows than expected dashed our original plans, but the W Ridge route was just clear enough to be a good scramble despite the snow and tennis shoes!
Posted Dec 17, 2009 2:51 am

A-LexWest Ridge  Sucess!

A-Lex

Super fun!
Posted Nov 24, 2009 1:03 pm

bradbRound Top Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2008
Made it to the saddle then took the faint trail along the west side and climbed about 100 ft until I realized I took the wrong route. Backtracked and found the trail to the summit along the north side. Good scramble. Continued on to Sisters. By the way it costs 5 dollars a day now to park at the trailhead(Carson Pass).
Posted Sep 13, 2008 9:57 pm

chskierFun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2003

chskier

Fun scramble with friends.
Posted Aug 21, 2008 1:15 pm

96avs01SP outing
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2008

96avs01

Normally I don't sign a summit log unless I top out, but since I used this route to summit in March '06 I'll make an exception. Met several SPers at the Carson Pass parking lot. Everyone had different objectives, and I had a hard time restriction. Thus at noon I had to descend from 10,000' from the West Ridge via splitboard to make my appointment. Snow was excellent, not quite 'cornflakes' for nearly 1,500. Will have to return for the Crescent Couloir!
Posted Apr 6, 2008 5:07 pm

stephoFun  Sucess!

stepho

Fun easy scramble. Great views. Want to go back and try crescent moon couloir.
Posted Nov 30, 2007 10:46 pm

A BitEnjoyable scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2006

A Bit

Not too bad a scramble.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 2:45 am

CBoldt1010Nice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2006

CBoldt1010

little scramble at the top but easy and fun!
Posted May 9, 2007 6:40 pm

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