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.
jan 8 with all
First successful climb of 2011, climbed with a gang of great people. Tagged the Elephant's Back enroute.
Climbed with one with the Bay and Redding Crew. Skied down from the west after completing the traverse starting from Elephants Back.
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.
The talus was annoying...but still a fun ridge traverse...