Round Top Crescent Moon Couloir

  • 04/04/2020
  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Carson Pass Sno-Park
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In order to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic this event is cancelled. Current RSVPs will be intact if it can be rescheduled. MAA will continue to monitor conditions and update event status accordingly.

Join MAA members on Round Top to climb the Crescent Moon Couloir. This moderate snow climb takes a interesting curving line right up the north face of 10,381 Round Top. Proficiency climbing steep snow / alpine ice in a rope team is required (Snow 3 and 4). Loaner gear may be available. We have room for 6. Hope to have you out with us!

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience. Those registered will be notified by email. Thank you! 


  • What's happening: Round Top on highway 88 Carson Pass near Tahoe, climbing the Crescent Moon Colouir, moderate and steep snow. Simul-climbing in teams of 3 or 4, placing intermediate protection. 3 mile approach (to base of route at Winnemuca Lake), 1,800 feet total elevation gain to summit. Walk off the west ridge.
  • Where to meet: Carson Pass Sno-Park trailhead 7:30 am.
  • Event Leader: John Vanek
  • Minimum / Maximum: 3/6
  • What to bring: Mountain boots, crampons, mountain axe and second tool, harness, belay device, prusik, 48" sling or runner, PAS, 3 locking carabiners, layered clothing, climbing pack, trekking pole(s), food, water, personal items, 10 essentials. 
  • Bobcat's Adventure SportsMAA Apex and Base members enjoy a significant retail discount on mountaineering, ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, splitboarding, and backcountry clothing, equipment and gear, as well as consignment and rentals.  

  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.

  • Additional Info: Until May 31 there is a mandatory Sno-Park pass fee of $5 per day to park here, or $25 season pass. One-day passes and Season Passes can be purchased online:


  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

  • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

  • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

  • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

  • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

  • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

  • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

  • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

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