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jwproulxRoute Climbed: Up N.E. Ridge, Down S.E. Ridge Date Climbed: 19 August 2005  Sucess!

jwproulx

Biked from the Castle Creek road up to the highest trees in Montezuma basin. Fun hike and lots of glissading. The bike ride was gruelling, but a real blast coming down through the spectacular forest.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 6:22 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: Sept 4, 2005  Sucess!

Zeke

fun ridge, nice climb
Posted Sep 5, 2005 2:22 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: via Conundrum Couloir Date Climbed: August 21st, 2005  Sucess!

doumall

Continued after Conundrum to Castle, descent of NE ridge. Awsome day on the mountain!
Posted Aug 21, 2005 5:33 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

sbkelley

Snow in August!? Oh wait, it's Colorado's mountains, I guess it's no surprise. (I'm talking about snow falling from the sky, not already on the ground...there were both). I loved that ridge though - a little similar to the routes on the Bells with the rock type and the ledges, though obviously easier. What a view from the top! #45!
Posted Aug 17, 2005 5:10 pm

Andrew McKenzieRoute Climbed: traverse from Conundrum Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

Andrew McKenzie

Great trip. My friends Matt, Luke and Lady accompanied me. Matt and I blazed an unnamed route up the class 3 gully to the climbers right of the Conundrum couloir, eventually topping out right next to the summit log. We then made the traverse to Castle in about 45 minutes, signed the log and ran as sideways snow began to pelt us. A couple hours later and back to camp enjoying a cold one. Cheers!
Posted Aug 16, 2005 3:11 pm

shknbkeRoute Climbed: n.e. ridge Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2005  Sucess!

shknbke

Hard to believe the easiest Elk 14'er would take me 3 attempts! Hope the hard ones go better! The n.e. ridge is a fun walk. The upper snowfield ends about 200 yards below the saddle, leaving an unpleasant scree descent to the snow. This would be a great glissade with good conditions, but it was too sun cupped.
Posted Aug 16, 2005 1:05 am

ktiffany22Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

ktiffany22

WAHOOOO baby!!! Third time is a charm!!! Finally, I conquered this "dumb" mountain that has "gotten the best of me" twice due to ICY, SNOWY conditions and weather! We saw the forecast for rain and decided that we were GONNA conquer it, so we started at 4:15am. After Castle Peak, we hopped over and bagged the "unofficial" Conundrum, then glissaded down. Once we hit the jeep, the downpours began.... we timed it just right!:-) P.S. If you start early (which you should considering this seems to be monsoon season), take crampons and an ice axe to climb up the snow- it made life a lot easier!
Posted Aug 13, 2005 9:56 pm

shanahan96Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 21, 2005  Sucess!

shanahan96

not a fan of the road but this was a decent hike. the ridge had nice views and there was some short fun stuff on the summit block. the snowfields made getting back to the road the best part of the day.



jamie
Posted Aug 4, 2005 5:45 pm

jordanclRoute Climbed: North Face Couloir Date Climbed: Spring 05  Sucess!

jordancl

Awesome Peak, awesome climb. First climb with axes and crampons.
Posted Jul 20, 2005 6:08 am

doumallRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: May, 19 2005  Sucess!

doumall

38th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 2:43 pm

s_tuning@msn.comRoute Climbed: Northeast (ascent) and Northwest Ridge (descent) Date Climbed: 7/12/05  Sucess!

s_tuning@msn.com

A beautiful day. Had the summit to myself. Snow is still perfect for climbing early and glissading back down. Summitted in 3.5 hours. On the way down, I was reminded of the reason I wear a helmet in the Elks... A thunderous roar permeated the silent wilderness as a large, spontaneous rockfall occured on Cathedral Peak, just one peak to the north.
Posted Jul 12, 2005 11:03 pm

AsphazellRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Route (snow) Date Climbed: June 25, 2005  Sucess!

Asphazell

Beautiful day out! Got a little bit of everything in on this one...some nice hiking, snow climbing, ridge walking, a wee bit of scrambling, and a LONG glissade down the North Face Couloir! The snow started to get a bit slurpee-ish while descending, making the speed on the glissade manageable. Awesome day with two of my favorite climbing partners!
Posted Jun 28, 2005 10:07 am

Trevor SimmonsRoute Climbed: North Face Couloir Date Climbed: June 19, 2005  Sucess!

Trevor Simmons

I stopped where the road crosses the creek about 1-2 miles from the highway by Pearl Pass. The climb took just under 6 hours, with great snow conditions. It was my first 14er in the Elk Mountains, and my first solo trip on a 14er. Probably my favorite climb yet!
Posted Jun 24, 2005 5:01 pm

ktiffany22Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 4, 20054

ktiffany22

This retarded mountain got me again... I've only failed 2 14ers before, and this is now the 2nd time the great walls of Castle's mighty fortress have gotten me- ARgH! With only a 1/2 mile visibility the whole time and having snowed on us since our campsite just below the 1st creek crossing, mother nature was against us AGAIN. Even with snowshoes/ice axe/etc, we were doomed. I will WAIT now until the mass of snow is GONE on this darned mountain and WILL succeed- 3rd times a charm, right?!
Posted Jun 11, 2005 10:09 pm

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: NE Ridge, with North Face Couloir Descent Date Climbed: June 9, 2005  Sucess!

Brad Snider

Carried snowshoes the whole way but did not need them. Crampons and ice ax a must. Some recent minor slide activity, but snow was solid today. Fun glissades on the way out, including down the North Face Couloir.
Posted Jun 11, 2005 2:13 am

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: 27 May 2005  Sucess!

bc44caesar

A nice snow climb to the saddle, but the final ridge to the summit was bare. Used snowshoes the entire time I was on snow, although crampons could've been used on the final slope to the saddle. Was able to do about 7 glissades down Montezuma Basin on stable snow. Following the creek bed was much easier and faster than trying to stay on the snow covered road. The road was impassable slightly above the first river crossing with the foot bridge. I started at 5:40 and reached the top after about 4.5 hours after coming over from Conundrum. Back to the car in 2.5. I started from where I camped 0.4 mi. up from where the Pearl Pass Rd. leaves the Castle Creek Rd. I would recommend an earlier start time to avoid soft snow.
Posted May 30, 2005 11:54 pm

ktiffany22Route Climbed: NW Ridge Date Climbed: September 4, 2004

ktiffany22

:-( Had to turn around 365 feet from the top.... the rocks were too icy and weather was blowing in (though it was only 11AM). It was worth it though- amazing scenery! I will bag this one!!!!
Posted May 15, 2005 11:08 pm

Brian KaletClimbed 4x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2005

Brian Kalet

April 7, 2005: East Face, Skied from the summit!
October 14, 2006: Northeast Ridge, Skied from the summit!
October 14, 2006: Northwest Ridge, Skied from the summit!
October 25, 2008: North Couloir, Skied from the summit!
Posted Apr 7, 2005 5:04 pm

pebblehopperDate Climbed: Summer 2002  Sucess!
Fun Climb!
Posted Feb 21, 2005 4:10 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: North Couloir Date Climbed: September 2, 1984  Sucess!

ColoradoScott

Another wonderful long day in the mountains in the years before owing a 4X4. Starting near the paved road in Castle Creek valley, we ploded up the road, being passed by many vehicles. Being Sept. we had left our ice axes at home, but wished we had them above the 4X4 parking area. No axe ruled out the Conundrum saddle route and we climbed too high for the NE Ridge (these were the days before multiple guidebooks and comprehensive route descriptions), so we pushed up the couloir. While there was some loose rock, we were only a party of two and saw no others on this route. We summited in midafternoon, but the weather was warm and perfect and we made it back to our car before dark set in. I now start earlier in the morning tho'-hah.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 12:08 pm

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