Crescent Moon Couloir Climber's Log

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NorCalNomad - Apr 12, 2019 10:02 pm Date Climbed: Apr 12, 2019

SKETCHY snow for skiing

Lots of sketchy crust both on top of the snow pack to a few inches underneath. I was less than 60-80 ft from the top of the left side when I decided to down climb and make some very delicate side slipping back down. Did it later in the afternoon which I thought would soft things up, nope. You could probably self arrest with a proper ice axe, but anything less than that and you're sliding the whole way down.


MeatlessPotato - Jan 23, 2019 3:21 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2017

Crescent Moon Couloir  Sucess!

Great climb with a quick a direct approach from the PCT. Climbed the lower half with no protection, but roped up with a partner for the top half, which made it more comfortable.


cdog - Feb 14, 2015 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2015

Februly  Sucess!

Had a nice winter climb in early summer conditions. Busy Saturday in the Carson Pass area, but I left early and still enjoyed some solitude on the summit.


JGHarrison - Mar 17, 2014 9:07 pm Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2014

springtime  Sucess!

snow was still covering everything. Near the exit the snow was getting sort of thin. Probably wont be in shape much longer

SEF - Feb 3, 2013 9:04 pm Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2013

Great Romp  Sucess!

My furry, 4 legged partner and I did it earlier today. What a blast! Dog is very sure footed in the couloir, we spent at most 30 minutes in it. Dog would lumber up ahead of me a ways then come bounding back, like, "what's taking you so long?"

Class 3 scramble to tag the summit.

Beautiful weather.

dkangas - Dec 1, 2012 3:58 pm

Left and Right  Sucess!

Did both left and right variations. Pretty comparable, both fun.


crimsonblood - May 31, 2012 11:38 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2012

Memorial Day quickie  Sucess!

Solo. Followed the right hand fork. Pretty firm ice with a light cover of fluff from the storm that passed through a few days earlier. High winds on the summit and frigid temps meant I only spent a few minutes on the summit. Returned via west ridge.


WayneFry - Nov 10, 2011 2:14 am Date Climbed: May 14, 2011

A good day  Sucess!

A good steep climb with a great top out.

Vitaliy M.

Vitaliy M. - Jun 19, 2011 2:31 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2010

nice route  Sucess!

fun couloir climb (R variation)


jonmeek16 - Mar 7, 2011 12:04 am Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2011

Success  Sucess!

Success up the moon! Great weather and day!


jonmeek16 - Mar 7, 2011 12:04 am Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2011


Success up the moon! Great weather and day!


rhyang - Dec 20, 2010 12:05 pm

May 2005, April 2008  Sucess!

Left and right variations, respectively. Fun, short and steep.

The right variation can sometimes be melted out .. had to traverse a bit right and finish on some mixed rock/snow. A little sketchy :)


gomez13 - May 10, 2010 5:46 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2010

Left Chute Var.  Sucess!

Perfect snow conditions! Another great day in the mountains.


haishan - Mar 31, 2010 9:44 pm Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2009

Both chutes...  Sucess!

Nice early winter conditions... solid steps in new snow with frequent stretches of exposed AI. Thin snow-cover and 10 feet of exposed, hold-less slab blocked the exit near top of RH chute; reversed steps and climbed LH chute with just a little mixed choss near the top. Spectacular climb.

Bill Kish

Bill Kish - Mar 21, 2010 11:37 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2010

Perfect snow  Sucess!

Perfect snow conditions in the right fork of the CMC. The final step to the east summit was harder icy rock.


PellucidWombat - Dec 17, 2009 2:54 am Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2004

Greatest Snow Chute Climb Ever!  Sucess!

A short approach, consistently steep climb, a thrilling topout, and some fun scrambling to boot - and back to the car early enough for an early dinner and drive home :-)


granjero - Sep 9, 2009 10:20 pm

Whee!  Sucess!

Waist deep blower in the couloir, perfect windblown on the hanging face above. First day out on the snowboard, this line did not disappoint!

Vertigo soul

Vertigo soul - Apr 23, 2009 11:28 am Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2009

Great ski descent!  Sucess!

This was my third (or 4th?) climb of the CMC. As usual, another beautiful day and great unconsolidated, powdery snow in the belly of the couloir! Love this place!


forjan - Apr 1, 2009 2:20 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2009

Intimidating from afar...  Sucess!

Climbed Crescent Moon with lefty. Started from Carson Pass trailhead ~ 8:30am and summited by 11:45am. Took a lunch break up the top and then headed down to tag Elephants Back.

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