Round Top East-West Traverse

  • 10/24/2020
  • 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Carson Pass on Hwy 88
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Join MAA members for an adventurous ridge traverse. As the monarch of the Carson Pass area near Tahoe, Round Top has three ridges the culminate in a 10,381 jagged summit. MAA has successfully climbed the West and North Ridges many times but has never completed the East Ridge. The idea of this trip is to attempt the East Ridge (without snow this time) and complete a full east-west traverse of the mountain. This will be exposed, loose climbing but is not 5th class. We'll bring a light rope and some safety equipment. Attendees should be comfortable with scrambling loose rock and serious exposure. Loaner gear may be available to paid members. Maximum of 8, recommended for those with excellent fitness and some mileage in the mountains.

SCREENED EVENT: Please join the waitlist. Attendees will be selected based on skill proficiency and experience shown on MAA profile. Those registered will be notified.


  • WHERE: Round Top Peak 10,381, near Carson Pass, at the top of Hwy 88.  
  • ROUTE: Ascend the East Ridge (Class 3-4, exposed, loose) to the summit then descend the West Ridge (Class 2). About 6 miles round trip, approx. 3,000' gain and loss. Possibility of light snow on the mountain.
  • EVENT LEADER: Darren Shutt
  • GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2, Maximum 8
  • CLIMBING SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: In order to be best prepared to climb safely and effectively, participants should be able to hike 6 miles at 10,000 altitude with 30 pound pack, climb loose rock on an exposed ridge and be comfortable scrambling without protection. 
  • PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the event leader know if you need something. 
  • FITNESS AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate. Be prepared for winds and potential cold temperatures.
  • MEDICAL: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after you’ve been accepted on the team.
  • GETTING THERE: Meet at 6 am at Carson Pass trail-head parking area. There is a restroom there but it may be locked. 
  • EMERGENCIES: 911, closest hospital is Mammoth Hospital in Mammoth Lakes, CA.


  • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom
  • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom
  • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Backpack (no larger than 45L)
  • High energy food, snacks and drinks
  • Water bottles or container system, 2 liters
  • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Map and compass
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Small personal first aid kit
  • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, small knife or multi-tool, bandana
  • Mountaineering boots or approach shoes
  • Mountain axe or trekking poles, for stability on the slopes*
  • Lightweight alpine harness*
  • Climbing helmet*
  • 2 locking carabiners*
  • One tied or sewn runner / PAS, 48"*
  • Prusik*

*If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve.


  • 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.

    For more information or questions about this climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or, or (916) 692-0005.

    (916) 692-0005

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