What a great trip!!!!! The couloir was fantastic and offered just the right level of scariness (which wasn't much) considering I hadn't donned crampons in two years AND I was climbing solo. Snow was a little soft, but for a snow route, this time of year...duh! Go check out my trip report if you wanna hear more!!!
This mountain is a pile of gravel... but it was fun! The register reads like a singles ads page.
Nice day hike. Not much evidence of Traffic in the Couloir.
We took a nice ski tour. Climbed to the saddle between the west ridge of Round Top and the east side of The Sisters and skied down into the bowl above Round Top Lake, and down to Winnemucca Lake.
Very nice setting for a day tour. Didn't see anyone in the backcountry on a tuesday. Snow sucked: alternating between pure ice, breakable crust, and mashed potatoes. Still waiting for it to corn up for the spring.
Trip Report on my website.
Reached the summit on March 2. A gorgeous day trip from the SF Bay Area - read about it in my SP Trip Report.
I came back to ski the couloir on May 26, 2002. I reached the West Summit on that trip but decided to focus on the ski descent of the couloir rather than scrambling over to the East Peak on that trip. For more info, check out my 2nd Round Top SP Trip Report.
A blustery winter day as I raced a coming storm to the summit of Round Top. Ok, it wasn't much of a race, the storm didn't start till around midnight, but it sure seemed like it was a comin' with high winds and temperatures in the high twenties.
Climbed with Hakan (Sierrawolf) to the true summit. Approached the west ridge in snowshoes. We looked for an East Ridge descent route but the terrain looks complicated and filled with loose rock. Weather was warm but hazy in the Lake Tahoe direction. We climbed Elephants Back on the descent from west ridge.
Last time in 1999: With Shubo (Steve) Dai. We climbed the west summit, which is a couple of feet lower than the true summit on the east. Grand View on top, including Lake Tahoe which looked like an impossibly high body of water defying laws of physics. I climbed some steep, loose scree for the first time.
What a fun mountain. Good fishing in the lakes. Fun playing in the snow. I have even seen Mount Diablo near Walnut Creek, CA from here.
Fianlly climbed the Crescent Moon Coulior. The top got the heart racing a bit but what fun. To think about 7 years ago I saw some guys headed up it and I thought they were nuts. Time and experience change one's attitude.