Round Top Climber's Log

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Dean

Dean - Jun 25, 2008 7:33 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2008

West Ridge

Went to the west summit and over to the gap between the west and east. East summit looked more than a class 3 and with the crappy loose scree, I opted to save the east summit for another day. My partner Dennis went up it and felt it was definitely more class 4 / 5 like on the route he chose. We had done Hawkins Peak in the morning and this was our afternoon treat. Hiked through lots of snow via the Round Top Lake trail. I'll need to go back and finish this one sometime.

requiem

requiem - May 5, 2008 12:23 am Date Climbed: May 3, 2008

my first couloir  Sucess!

beautiful, clear, warm day with blinding but crusty snow until we reached the foot of the couloir, when it clouded over. crusty snow in the chute but a little thin at the top of the right fork, see squishy's and rhyang's signage below... fun and rewarding!

Adamus - Apr 8, 2008 6:43 am Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2008

Wesat Ridge  Sucess!

Tagged Elephant's Back and continued on to the west ridge. Was going to climb the Crescent Moon, but I opted out due to my normal late start of 1pm. Snow was perfect for the most part for walking. Just a little give. The upper slopes were hard packed wind deposit so it was smooth and somewhat slippery, but too compact to kick steps into. Used my axe plenty to help me up, but no need for crampons. Only cold because of the wind.

kovarpa

kovarpa - Apr 8, 2008 1:11 am Date Climbed: Apr 6, 2008

CMC left  Sucess!

fun as always, with V. Skied back to Carson Pass.

rhyang

rhyang - Apr 6, 2008 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2008

Crescent Moon Couloir  Sucess!

Did the couloir proper (right fork) - ok conditions until the last and steepest part : thin snow over slabs, forcing some moves to find thicker snow and holds on the rock. Mixed climbing moves in these conditions with a gimpy left leg made things verrry spicy.

Otherwise, pretty nice weather - cool and breezy. Not much snow at all on West Ridge descent, but enough below north face to allow for nice glissades :)

Summit register needs new notebook !

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Route climbed: West Ridge
Date climbed: 1-Jan-2007

Just wanted to stretch my legs... On the approach I could see winds howling up over the summit and clouds coming up from the east side. The wind continued, but as I got to the saddle the clouds dissipated. I traded snowshoes for crampons and about 200' below the west ridge the wind died down, perhaps because the wind was coming from the east. Seemingly miraculous ...

Cold windy day but ended up being clear in the afternoon. A couple of class 3 moves made spicier by wet rock and snow.

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Route climbed: Crescent Moon Couloir (left fork)
Date climbed: 22-April-2005

requiem

requiem - Apr 1, 2008 2:08 am Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2008

West Ridge (ish)  Sucess!

the peak was enshrouded in clouds half the time, the icy winds blew harder the closer we got to the ridge, and it was very cold at the summit. too cloudy to see distant peaks. my first time on a frozen mountaintop, and i can't wait to do another!

Vertigo soul

Vertigo soul - Mar 25, 2008 2:50 pm Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2008

Crescent Moon Couloir (Left Fork)  Sucess!

One of my favorite local mountains!

I was lucky to get my girlfriend to let me do the climb while she putted around with our dog on her snowshoes. So I skinned up to the base of the couloir and got ready. Decided to take the left fork for a couple of reasons; I had done the crescent moon a couple of seasons ago and also because as we approached the mountain I was scoping the left fork out with my binocs and noticed that the exit point was just wide enough to squeeze through! The snow was good neve, with the occasional hard ice underneath, but overall good consolidated snow conditions. To cap it off it was a gorgeous day (w/the occasional wind gust, of course)!

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Mar 9, 2008 10:51 am Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2008

Crescent Moon Couloir  Sucess!

Trip Report

climbing1

climbing1 - Dec 24, 2007 6:55 pm Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2006

Solo training for Mt Whitney  Sucess!

This has become my favorite area to hike/scramble and snowshoe. A good variety of terrain and difficulties to satisfy that "have to go now" feeling when time is short.

Adamus - Nov 23, 2007 3:40 am Date Climbed: Nov 22, 2007

West Ridge  Sucess!

Tagged it after Fourth of July Peak and Sisters. Very cold. My second ascent, first was in 2004.

mgp5000

mgp5000 - Sep 16, 2007 8:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007

West Ridge  Sucess!

It's about time! I've been staring at this mountain for years from the chairlifts at Kirkwood. Great hike. Took the West Ridge and traversed across to the East Summit. Wonderful views.

WeatherMan

WeatherMan - Aug 25, 2007 6:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007

West Ridge  Sucess!

Fun scrambles toward the summit... one of the best views in the greater Tahoe area. We could see Diablo, the Central Valley, Lake Tahoe and the distant peaks furhter south in the Sierras!

tb00957 - Aug 3, 2007 1:35 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2007

ski roundtop  Sucess!

It's exciting to climb the final class 3 section with tele boots. We used ice axe, crampon on the approach to the saddle.

J Fox

J Fox - Jul 31, 2007 5:44 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2007

West Ridge  Sucess!

We had hoped to climb Whitney but had to make due with Round Top due to the thunderstorms blowing through the Sierras. This was a great little peak though. Nice views of the Tahoe area from the top. We climbed it in about 2.5 hours CTC.

Mtn. Escape

Mtn. Escape - Jul 16, 2007 10:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

West Ridge  Sucess!

Nice hike with sweet views from the summit. Windy on top!

metasyn11

metasyn11 - Jul 7, 2007 7:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2007

West ridge from Sisters  Sucess!

From Round Top Lake, I climbed to the saddle between the Sisters, bagged them both, then traversed east all the way to the east summit of Round Top. Only 10 or 15 feet of class 3 near the summit, other than that it was fairly easy class 2/use trail.

Scott Armstrong

Scott Armstrong - Jul 3, 2007 12:33 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2007

Howling Winds  Sucess!

Upon cresting the saddle between Round and The Sisters I was met with 30-40 mph winds. Once on top the wind was so fierce it almost knocked me down a few times. Could see Mt. Diablo from the summit.

Hapey McHape

Hapey McHape - May 22, 2007 1:49 am Date Climbed: May 20, 2007

Crescent Moon  Sucess!

I got up to the trailhead late after finishing up some work in SLT. The snow was real soft on the way to Winnemucca Lake and I saw someone just starting up the couloir. By the time I put on crampons at the base I thought he must be on top. Once I entered the couloir it was soft snow but easy climbing because the steps were kicked in. After going up to section where the right fork splits off I heard a noise from above and saw a piece of ice come zipping down. There was a steady rain of small snow and ice chuncks bouncing down the chute for a while but then it finally stopped. When I got to the top there was a guy putting his crampons away and was getting ready to ski the west ridge. It was a great day out and there was a little more snow than I expected.

kovarpa

kovarpa - Apr 5, 2007 12:31 am Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2007

CMC  Sucess!

With V., route in great shape.

Vladislav

Vladislav - Mar 20, 2007 12:07 am Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2007

Crescent Moon  Sucess!

A teasing curve
Of the couloir
Leaning out of sight...

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