Peak:  "Castleabra" (13er)
 Route:  West Gully / West Face
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Stratosfearsome
 Date of Info:  05/10/2018
 Date Posted:  05/11/2018
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Road is a breeze to Conundrum TH. Patches of snow crossing Conundrum Crk. trail until Silver Dollar pond, whereafter it's pretty much continuous. Lots of knee deep post-holing in the afternoon, despite snowshoes. West Gully had 40-50% coverage, did not see slide activity on that aspect. Took west gully to 13k, then went up West face. Quite loose and kinda sketchy. West Gully is possibly skiable early in the day. Very soft in the afternoon, so I linked up scree for 80% of descent off the peak. Great day but 13 hours. Would work better with a high camp, especially if skiing or ascending Cunning Couloir. It looked magnificent. Don't forget, overnight permits are now required for Conundrum Camping. Hence the day trip. Cheers.


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