|Peak:||Castle Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Northwest Ridge to Castle-Conundrum Couloir|
|Date of Information:||07/12/2012|
We used micro spikes on a short section of the ascent to the upper basin; however, this section was short and likely avoidable. There is very thin ice/snow only at the very bottom of the Castle-Conundrum couloir, and we cut out well before the snow. We did pull out axes for a glissade on the North side of the lower basin, but the snow was really soft and the axes were unnecessary. Summary: spikes and axes are still helpful, but you could probably live without them.