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Ascent of Round Mountain on 2018-05-12

Climber: Evan Battaglia

Date:Saturday, May 12, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Round Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5320 ft / 1621 m

Ascent Trip Report


I tried this peak back in February (I think?) but didn't make it because the ridge was very slippery, for quite some distance around the snowline (about 3200' at that time). That time, even using my ice axe on the dirt/moss, I slipped and barely caught myself on a tree, before I realized actually putting on my snowshoes would give me a little extra traction (I didn't bring crampons).

I wasn't going to let that happen again. When I got home, I bought some cheapo $30 steel crampons on Amazon (I wasn't going to use my much more expensive aluminium crampons) and waited for the next opportunity to exact my revenge...

That day was today. With my cheapo crampons I just walked up that mess of steep dirt, pine needles, moss, and other junk with no issues. I actually only hit snow at about 4000' ... I wonder if I could have actually driven around to take the other route... probably not, still, though.

The route is steep, tiring, and pretty tedious. Lack of views until much further up, and lack of a trail, make it one of the least enjoyable peaks I've done in a while. (I see why this peak gets one star on Google Maps reviews ...) That said, I'm apparently also fairly out of shape, which made it more of a headache.

There were a couple points at the false summit (~4260') and further up on the ridge that required some minor scrambling, but overall, the snow was pretty good quality -- soft, but not so bad I couldn't ascend. On the way down it was nice and soft, making descent pretty easy given the steep terrain.

The crampons made a world of difference lower down on the ridge compared to last time and I made it down without incident. My knee did start hurting towards the end though.

TH 12:40
(lunch break on the way up)
Summit 16:40 - 17:00
TH 19:20
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3640 ft / 1109 m
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3640 ft / 1109 m
    Route:South route
    Start Trailhead:1680 ft / 512 m
Descent Statistics



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