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schlegerRoute finding adventure  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2017


8/29/17 - some hard snow in the basin before accessing the NE Ridge. I had read on 14ers.com this is a class 2 route. This was my 21st peak over 14,000 in Colorado and I must say I was definitely scrambling (on all fours) on some unstable rock on ledges that if I fell would have resulted in serious injury or death. I put it at class 3. Also, the route is difficult to find. First, in the boulder field at the end of the basin - cains go off in every direction and then end. Tough to follow in the dark with a head torch. Once on the ridge just below the summit trail fragments go in many directions. So for an intermediate climber this one was a learning experience and somewhat scary.
Posted Aug 30, 2017 10:57 pm

yadahzoemtnSecond Attempt we got it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2016


09/11/16: Got Castle, tagged Conundrum and back over Castle.
Posted Mar 18, 2017 5:02 pm

Moogie737Fall in the air; add Conundrum   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2016


# 1 and #2 9-10-2016. NW wind 15-20 mph kept things cool - call it refreshing. Enjoyed the ridge scramble up and down. Added Conundrum and returned over Castle because the "shortcut" was dry and sketchy. With Lana. From the 4WD point just below the Pearl Pass road junction.
Posted Sep 11, 2016 12:47 pm

Mike D'Great Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008
Jeff & I had the summit to ourselves, barely beat afternoon storms down the mountain.
Posted Mar 31, 2016 11:46 am

OnagerCastle + Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2015


Today I climbed 14,265 ft. Castle Peak and 14,060 ft. Conundrum Peak in Colorado's Elk Range. After work on Saturday I drove up Independence Pass towards Aspen. I camped after driving up a rough 4WD road which included a river crossing. I started from camp at 11,000 ft. at 5AM and made fast progress on Northeast Ridge route. I made the summit of Castle at 8:30 AM and proceeded down to the col between Castle Peak and my next target, Conundrum Peak. I made the summit of Conundrum at approx. 9:15AM and then had to re-summit Castle Peak. I made it back to camp at 11:45AM. Epic day and 31 Colorado 14ers done!
Posted Aug 30, 2015 10:16 pm

Pete CastriconeNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2015

Pete Castricone

Got some incredible photos at sunrise, which made the tedious hike worth the effort. I parked at the Pearl Pass junction, but the walk down the road felt very long.
Posted Aug 17, 2015 12:15 am

BradBartickFun route on NE ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2015


Forecast was for 0% precip. Summited around 11:30 in sunshine and scattered cumulus clouds. No lie, at 12:25pm it sleeted briefly before turning to rain. 45 minutes later we had clear skies, then 30 minutes later full rain. Don't mess with Colorado weather in July. Opted not to traverse to Conundrum out of fear of lightning. Live to climb another day.
Posted Jul 18, 2015 10:26 am

voxnihiliBeautiful Day...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2014


once I left the summit. I gave up my plan to traverse over to Conundrum because the conditions were bad. By the time I made it back to the Montezuma Mine, the weather was clearing up to make for a gorgeous day.
Posted Aug 30, 2014 12:13 pm

MissHFollow the cairns  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2014


Got it, but should have followed the (hard-to-miss) cairns instead of opting for the class 2 gully that Ericd mentioned (it might have looked like a better way, but looks can be deceiving). Oops.
Posted Aug 16, 2014 2:38 pm

ericdSharp crumbling rocks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2014


Started with a road hike passing an old torn down mining camp to the boulder field ...big view of Conundrum and already halfway there in terms of altitude and mileage! Took an early left variation that unfortunately confirmed the terrible crumbling rock from the southern Elk range (sapped 1hr). Up and over this class 3 onto a dog route with another class 3 bonus climb up 100' of chimney to ridge around 14,000'. 4hrs up beginning from Pearl Pass junction.
Posted Aug 16, 2014 12:08 pm

Alex WoodCastle and Conudrum via the Conundrum Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014

Alex Wood

Left the bridge at 6am and got to the summit of Conundrum Peak by 10:15am. There was snow down to about 12k, maybe a little lower. The traverse to Castle was easy (a little hard in ski boots). I was hoping to ski off the summit of Castle, but we were two weeks late..bleh. So I skied the Castle headwall and got about 2k vert on the descent.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 2:05 pm

alpineairCastle  Sucess!
Great glissade on the way down.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 10:28 am

DanielLBeautiful Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2013


Beautiful day on Castle and Conundrum. I got to use my ice axe for the first time glissading most of the way back to the upper trailhead!
Posted Oct 5, 2013 11:04 am

EndlessPatMy first Elk peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2013


Easy climb when you've got a good 4x4. The clouds/fog made it very interesting.
Posted Sep 17, 2013 6:02 pm

utclimberCastle and Castleabra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013
Second summit of Castle Peak. Went up and over to get to Castleabra Peak, the main objective for the day.
Posted Aug 7, 2013 10:38 am

Dariawith Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013


Hiked 5 miles up the 4wd road, with Conundrum. Was disheartening to see the Jeep's driving up and down the roads...while we walked.
Posted Jul 29, 2013 3:25 pm

GrumpyJohnDrive-Up 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2013


Posted Jul 27, 2013 6:40 pm

jonpierreSnowboard Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2005


Great backcountry snowboard run down the north face of Castle.. amazing sunrise
Posted Jul 21, 2013 1:10 pm

HyadventureNortheast Ridge Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2013


I got out of the truck at 11k and hiked the road up the the trailhead. Quick and painless with just a little snow for fun.
Posted Jul 11, 2013 4:37 pm

nolabreezeFun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2013


Fun little snow climb and scramble to the top.
Posted Jul 8, 2013 12:34 pm

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