Join MAA members on Round Top for a winter ascent of the West Ridge. This moderate 3rd class ridge route is scenic and popular, going directly to the summit. In winter it is an adventurous route; plan for cold, windy conditions. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 8. Hope to have you out with us!
What's happening: Round Top West Ridge, Class 3 scramble, moderately steep snow, possible wind. 3 miles approach, 1,800 feet elevation gain total to summit.
Route: Climb southwest to the ridge between Round Top and the Sisters. Gain the west ridge and continue to the gash just below the summit. Skirt right and descend to a Class 3 gully on the south side, then climb that to the summit, topping out by noon. Descend the same way and return to the trailhead, depart around 5 pm.
Where to meet: Carson Pass Sno-Park trailhead 7:00 am.
Event Leader: John Vanek
Minimum / Maximum: 3/8
What to bring: Layered clothing appropriate for winter climbing including shell layers, snowshoes, mountain boots, ice axe, helmet, gaiters, 30 - 50 liter backpack, trekking poles, 10 essentials.
Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.
Additional Info: There is a mandatory Sno-Park pass fee of $5 per day to park here, or $25 season pass.
- In order to register you must be a Base, Peak, or Apex member.
- Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
- Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.