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 Peak:  Conundrum Peak (Unranked 14er)
 Route:  upper Montezuma Glacier
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  taylorzs
 Date of Information:  09/17/2011
 Date Posted:  09/18/2011
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climbed Conundrum yesterday. Snowed all morning with just enough weather lift in the pm for a summit. The suncups on the upper and lower glacier are completely filled in with no sun cups visible. If you want some turns the glacier is in primo condition (for Septemeber), there is definietely some powder to be had. I climbed halfway up the Conundrum couloir and turned around because hard glacier snow was exposed in the choke and I did not feel like climbing through it. Then I downclimbed and contoured around the basin and climbed the upper Montezuma glacier on fresh new snow all the way to the Castle/Conundrum saddle and summited via the ridge from there. Fresh snow and no people made glacier and rockfall conditions more favorable then usual on this route. Snow fell all the way down to about 11,000' with multiple inches 4-10" (variable with windload and aspect above the upper parking lot) which I believe is around 12,800' or so. The Bells, Pyramid, and the rest of the Elk look to have similar snow coverage from the last few days. Sorry no pics, I forgot batteries for my camera.



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