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steve_hiebertCastle first then on to Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2002


Nice day. Took advantage of the very high trailhead.
Posted May 14, 2008 1:54 am

SarahThompson4x, First visit to the Elks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2005


7/4/05 - Fun climb up the standard route from 10,200 ft. There was plenty of snow left in Montezuma Basin and I got in my first ever little glissade, although I had no idea there was such a term for it back then.

9/3/05 - Another ascent of the standard route, but traversed to Conundrum as well. Descended from the Castle - Conundrum saddle which was stupid as it was very icy.

5/21/09 - Stayed overnight at the Tagert Hut and climbed Castle's East Face, a fun snow route. Glissaded from the Castle - Conundrum saddle and added on a quick trip up Malemute afterwards.

12/16/11 - Winter ascent via standard route, 10 1/2 hours RT from Ashcroft.
Posted Mar 28, 2008 8:20 pm

MountainHikerCOThird time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2007


8-22-07 third time climbing Castle. I also climbed Conundrum for a second time.

8-29-09 Another climb of Castle and Conundrum
Posted Feb 18, 2008 8:17 pm

MountainHikerCOWith Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1990


This was my first climb of Castle. Not having a 4WD I got to hike in the road. I also climbed Conundrum.
Posted Feb 18, 2008 8:16 pm

tomlaurenWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2007


Hiked the West Ridge from camp at Conundrum Hot Springs with my friend Keith. We descended via the West Face to avoid returning over 'Castleabra'. I think that it would have been easier to return the way that we came because the scree fields were loose and nasty. The hot springs were incredible after a long day of hiking!
Posted Feb 1, 2008 9:53 pm

johnmnicholsCastle via NE approach  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2006


Summited via NE ridge route. NW ridge route had too much steep scree just below the Conundrum Ridge. Diminishing weather prevented a scamper over to Conundrum Peak.
Posted Dec 26, 2007 10:17 am

dr_gonznice  Sucess!


few people up there that day. very pretty place with great views of the bells, pyramid, etc.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 4:05 pm

cp0915NE Ridge and Traverse to Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007


Solo. Easy. Good views. Descended via the Castle-Conundrum saddle.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 10:26 am

ktimmnice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007


Nice, easy, great intro to elks
Posted Sep 3, 2007 10:29 pm

Panthera unciaStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

Panthera uncia

The view of the Elk range to the NW from the top of Castle was amazing!
Posted Aug 24, 2007 4:14 pm

ouray19Another favorite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2004


Uncompahgre was my favorite 14'er until I did Castle. The whole hike was beautiful!
Posted Aug 18, 2007 9:09 pm

GeorgeJamesNE\NW Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007


Climbed the northeast ridge from the 4WD parking area. Went across the saddle to Conundrum, and descended down the northwest ridge route. Slid down some sketchy stuff at the top due to lack of snow, scraped up my leg real nice. Glissading after that was great. Next time I won't come in August.
Posted Aug 18, 2007 5:40 pm

rpaceFirst Elk Range 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Approaching this peak from the west is much more difficult than the east side, but still a great climb!
Posted Aug 14, 2007 1:10 am

Jeremy HakesDone.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2001

Jeremy Hakes

Beautiful peak. Nice crevasse, too, for a semi-permanent snowfield.
Posted Jul 16, 2007 4:47 pm

Scott RogersFun Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007

Scott Rogers

Cruised up to the top. Great view of the Elks and the Sawatch range. Can't wait to get back to the Elks, but I hate the hubbub of Aspen.
Posted Jul 14, 2007 8:06 pm

lilmantisBeat down after 3 wks at sea level...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2007


Ran into one of the coolest persons I know! Summited together. Awsome time Suey and Jeff!
Posted Jul 13, 2007 6:42 am

GahugafugaTour de Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2007


Super warm temperatures made me leary of the Conundrum Couloir, so I climbed the NE Ridge of Castle and traversed the NW Ridge to Conundrum. Despite the Elk's rep for bad rock, there is some fun scrambling along the NE Ridge if you go looking for it, class 3/4 with solid rock.
Posted Jun 21, 2007 6:11 pm

Ryan KowalskiNorth Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

Ryan Kowalski

The snow wasn't in great shape, but still a good ascent with some great glissades on the way down. Conundrum and Malamute were nice additions to the day.
Posted Jun 19, 2007 1:39 pm

BritetteNorth Face Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007


After climbing and skiing the Conundrum couloir, did the same on Castle's north face. Cold and windy. Snow was hard - great for climbing, not so much for skiing, but fun all the same.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 12:30 pm

cftbqNortheast Ridge with snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2007


Made a last-minute decision to climb the NE ridge because it looked easier. It wasn't, so we (trishapajean and I) descended the NW ridge. VERY slow ascent and two great glissades on the way down.
Posted Jun 3, 2007 7:17 pm

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