Nice day up Crescent Moon Couloir under sunny skies. Just enough snow in the chute to (almost) completely avoid having to scramble over any rock near the top. Headed over to The Sisters after the summit visit.
First climbed on June 9, 2007 as part of a laid back backpacking trip.
A good steep climb with a great top out (Cresent moon couloir)
With Ann. Strong winds, especially from the West summit onwards. If the Cascade volcanoes aren't loose enough for you, come to Round Top... All in all, a fun day out, but I'd far rather spend time on granite, even the loose stuff. Crescent Moon looks like a winner though! Have to come back for it.
Calling the West Ridge a "walk-up" is misleading. It's Class 2 until you get to the West summit. Getting from the West summit to the East (true) summit, is the crux of the route, and if you haven't made it to the East summit - well - then you haven't summited Round Top, sorry guys...
Getting to the summit involves negotiating very loose scree slopes, some with undesirable, cliffy runouts in the distance. How confident are you in stopping a slide on scree? It also involves Class 3 (the route we took was more like Class 4) scrambling on rock to mount the summit mound with virtually no protection opportunities, and it's not unusual for your foothold to give way or for your handhold to find itself sitting squarely in your hand, no longer attached to the rock, if you don't pick and test carefully.
There is a rappel/belay pole a few steps down from the summit marker if you want to make your descent safer and skip the crux downclimb. I bounce tested it and it seemed solid. The rappel is low angle/load too. A 30m rope is enough to get you past the difficult section, almost to the base of the summit mound.
Nice summer day hike with dad. Still some snow and saw some guys making turns with skis. Rain storm struck on the descent.
Via Woods to Winnemucca on way to 4th of July Lake. Prefer the chute in snow over the rock scramble
Climbed from Woods lake via Round Top lake -- looks like the shortest approach. Stopped at the west peak because all the loose gravel was making me nervous.
East ridge in 2011
Crescent moon couloir in March 2010
and regular route in Dec 2009 (first time I used crampons haha)
Second time worked. Solo this time.
Partially cloudy day. Hiked with Jean who was using snowshoes for approaching. It was my first time to the true summit.
With Josh H. The intent was to do the Crescent Moon couloir, but we found 6 inches of new, sugary snow over a hard crust. After staring up into the tempting couloir for several uncertain moments, we decided we didn't like the avy possibilities. The option of picking our way through mixed climbing up the north face to the left of the couloir seemed safer--and interesting in its own right. There were some fun pitches at about 50 degrees, with a knife-edge ridge to traverse about 100 feet below the summit. Turned out to be a lot of fun!
Not climb to the true summit but the summit before that because of weather and time.
great place to ski. about 3:30 from SF. fairly flat up to the base and then easy climb up the north side to the west shoulder. on the way you pass the Crescent Moon Couloir base, while i was there a SP group was climbing it; I saw them glissading down and one lady fell and sliced open her cheek or something, i talked to the group afterward...anyway great place to get out and ski.
Great day! Great weather!
Climbed the east ridge with Vittles, Scott Barry, Mark Thomas, Bryan Bell, and Aaron.
Linked from Elephants Back via East Ridge. Skied down to the car (with some hateful yo-yoing).
Climbed with Scott, Rathburn, Vitaly, Pellucid Wombat and... Damn, I'm no good with names.
70 mph wind gusts and snow squalls... good times!
Climbed CMC with SMG.
Perfect snow conditions in the right fork of the CMC. The final step to the east summit was harder icy rock.
Had snow going up the regular route then it cleared off. Finished off by doing Sisters on the ridge.
I was leading a beginner backpacking trip for CHAOS to the area. Deeper snows than expected dashed our original plans, but the W Ridge route was just clear enough to be a good scramble despite the snow and tennis shoes!