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BritetteNorth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2005


Climbed the north face couloir to ridge and scrambled to summit. Unable to ski direct from summit so downclimbed to saddle and skied the north face from there.
Posted May 29, 2007 1:56 pm

boisedocgood Elk introduction  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 1999


Interesting but not frightening
Posted Dec 17, 2006 4:28 pm

lanagordonBeware of the Boulders  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2006


A friend had one literally roll off his back. Be careful!
Posted Nov 5, 2006 6:18 pm

royswkrUp ridge, down from col  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 1990
Snow too hard to glissade
Posted Sep 21, 2006 12:03 am

ClearSkiesAheadNortheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006


Very beautiful day. Climbed up from the pearl pass junction in the road.
Posted Sep 13, 2006 3:46 pm

haytraciPerfect Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006


What a great mountain! Definitely a wonderful intro to the Elks and there super steep and loose scree/boulderfields. Despite a near-death experience when a friend had a several-hundred pound boulder ROLL OVER HIM(!!!), and questionable weather all around us, it was one of my favorite 14ers thus far. (Refer to James Hay's trip report for info. on possible route-finding mistakes in the boulderfield as there are several misleading cairns nestled among the rocks.)
Posted Sep 12, 2006 6:35 pm

zachary_dcVariation of the Standard  Sucess!


It was a great snow/scree climb. The weather was pleasant basically the whole time except for right when we reached the top clouds surrounded us so we didnt spend much time up there. Overall it was a blast, great views, exciting atmosphere, and a good experience for the first time summiting a fourteener.
Posted Sep 7, 2006 11:07 pm

Vagabond ManifestoLots of scree  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2006

Vagabond Manifesto

Second time's a charm, after failing due to weather three weeks ago. Also climbed Conundrum as well, headed to Buena Vista and did Huron Peak the following day.

The only thing with this peak is that the scree gets annoying on the descent! Beautiful mountain though.
Posted Aug 25, 2006 6:08 am

osatrikSummer 1993 - soloed N Coulour scramble  Sucess!


See report on route page
Posted Aug 18, 2006 12:34 am

Mike McWest Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2006

Mike Mc

Miserable! Never attempt the west talus slopes when they are snow free! From Conundrum Hot Springs this route is 3000 vertical feet of rotten, steep, mobile rocks. No me gusta.
Posted Aug 7, 2006 3:40 am

sdhagerRoute Climbed: NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2004


First 14er! Been up 3x since. Awesome glissade!!
Posted Aug 5, 2006 9:04 pm

seth@LOKI2nd Fourteener, 5x  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2006


2nd fourteener. I have been back five times and love it and Connundrum everytime. Skiing/boarding is always fun adn lasts in to the summer!
Posted Jul 26, 2006 6:49 pm

Eric HolleRoute Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: July 16, 2006  Sucess!

Eric Holle

Great day in the Montezuma Basin. Ascent of the North Ridge, with Kris and Madaline. Continued to the summit of Conundrum, and glissade descent of the coulior.
Posted Jul 19, 2006 2:58 am

F BombNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

F Bomb

Good fun, parked at 10,2 in the Saturn, couldn't get accross the creek.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 3:45 pm

Woodie HopperSouth Ridge/NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Woodie Hopper

Nice easy climb starting with Conundrum on the way up via the South Ridge route. I descended using the NE Ridge and had a great glissade down below the NE ridge. I drove to ~11,000 feet and parked at the junction with the Pearl Pass road.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 5:25 am

crzyjtNW ridge, snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006


Got this one on my second attempt. Parked at 12,500 and climbed to the saddle via non standard detour with my skis. Snow was continuous to saddle. Dumped pack, ran up castle, then, back at the saddle, grabbed my pack, headed up Conundrum and skied the Conundrum Couloir. Partner ate it in the choke and tumbled 300 feet. Very scary, but he was alright.
Posted Jun 24, 2006 11:37 pm

roozers42Route climbed: NE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2005


Continued to Conundrum, descent of NW ridge on scree for a couple hundred feet and then the snowfield.
Posted May 15, 2006 4:09 pm

km_donovan Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge via North Buttress varation  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2003


I drove my 4x4 all the way to the parking area 12,800 feet, got an early start before the holiday hordes arrived Part of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 1:21 pm

ScottWinter conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2006


Climbed with Brock.

April 14:

We climbed up to 11,430 feet and camped. Stormy all day, and we saw on small avalanche.

April 15th:

It was 9F in the morning and we climbed Castle via the Northeast Ridge and descended the north face couloir. Climb was mostly easy, but parts of the ridge traverse had some treacherous sugar snow, that was impossible to get a bite with the ice axe. Very warm day, and the snow was soft, so we arrived back at the car at 9 pm, a long day.
Posted Apr 17, 2006 2:32 pm

TMgood spot  Sucess!


Nice hike, great skiing all around. Made some nice turns from up high.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 5:57 am

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