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.
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.
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.
snow was still covering everything. Near the exit the snow was getting sort of thin. Probably wont be in shape much longer
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.
Did both left and right variations. Pretty comparable, both fun.
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.
A good steep climb with a great top out.
fun couloir climb (R variation)
Success up the moon! Great weather and day!
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 :)
Perfect snow conditions! Another great day in the mountains.
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.
Perfect snow conditions in the right fork of the CMC. The final step to the east summit was harder icy rock.
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 :-)
Waist deep blower in the couloir, perfect windblown on the hanging face above. First day out on the snowboard, this line did not disappoint!
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!
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.