Ascent of Round Top on 2013-05-25

Climber: Vince Curry

Others in Party:Sandra Holguin
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Round Top
    Elevation:10381 ft / 3164 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail from Carson Pass was clear until just pass Frog Lake. Snow was in terrible condition with 6-12" pot holes over all surfaces. The slopes leading to the Crescent Couloir as well as the Western ridge are still a mix of show and ice. We saw two areas of 'blue' ice on the approach to the west saddle adjacent to the screen trail. There was no snow or ice on the summit. The wind was extreme at times and was constant from Winnemucca Lake to the summit. My thermometer measured 28F and was every bit of that because of wind chill. Snow and ice held ice tools in the morning but by late afternoon the snow became slushy and hard to pack tightly. Snowshoes are a real saver when it comes to traversing the pot holes in the snow fields and crampons and ice axes are a must on the slopes.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1807 ft / 551 m
    Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Trailhead:Carson Pass Trailhead  8574 ft / 2613 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:5 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:3 Hours 40 Minutes

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