|Peak:||Conundrum Peak (Unranked 14er)|
|Date of Information:||06/04/2011|
Conundrum Couloir is in PERFECT condition! If you have time get up there ASAP. One word of caution - when skinning up the road in the early morning a huge avalanche has knocked down very large trees across the road and it is extremely difficult to tell where the road is supposed to go. If you have a GPS follow it even though it looks like you are going the wrong way - otherwise when you come to the first major opening continue straight across all the knocked down trees rather than heading to the left as this will take you off route.
I started climbing the Coul around 8:00 and topped out around 8:20 - if you stay to the right side much of the snow will stay in the shade as rocks block the sun.
There is almost NO cornice at the top - its maybe 10 feet wide and very easily avoidable. The ski is NOT in from the summit unless you want to shovel some snow and have a few hairy moves on the way down.
I did not ski the Coul as I wanted to get Castle as well and was concerned about it getting too late with the sun. The traverse to Castle is very easy and all cornices are easily avoidable. You do not need crampons once you reach the saddle and start to climb up to Castle. GET AFTER IT!
Picture attached is from summit of Castle.
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