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 Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Castle and Conundrum
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  mlayman09
 Date of Information:  06/21/2014
 Date Posted:  06/21/2014
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Climbed Castle and Conundrum today, via Castle's NE ridge. There is LOTS of snow in Montezuma Basin still, but we were fine in just boots. We occasionally postholed on the way out around noon today. The NE ridge is free of snow until just below Castle's summit. On Conundrum, there is more snow, but nothing that can't be easily bypassed. If you're looking for an epic glissade, go down the saddle between Castle and Conundrum. You won't be disappointed.


  • Comments or Questions (8)
Alpineair

Thank you!     2014-06-22 07:23:02
Is the creek still raging?


Tim A


Castle Couloir?     2014-06-22 09:23:38
Did you get any pics of the north couloir on castle? Planning on climbing it early this week...


mlayman09


north couloir pic     2014-06-22 09:42:54
Yes, the creek is still raging! And Tim, here's a pic of the north couloir.


kmikwilliams

Time     2014-06-22 20:10:15
How long did your trip take you round-trip?


kmikwilliams

Creek     2014-06-22 20:10:46
You say the creek is raging - take water shoes?


mlayman09


Conditions     2014-06-22 20:23:45
The creek is raging, but I was fine with boots. If you really need/want to, you can probably cross the creek by hopping on rocks or jumping over. We only had to cross once, just above treeline on the road. Our trip took 7 1/2 hours total, 5-6 hours moving time.


kmikwilliams

Reply to Conditions     2014-06-23 10:58:07
mlayman09 - Thank you for the advice!


Tim A


Thanks!     2014-06-23 11:15:52
That pic is exactly what I needed! Planning on backpacking up the road a ways tonight and going up the Castle NF couloir tomorrow morning. Thanks for the info.



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