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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

Rick FRoute Climbed: North Coulior Date Climbed: June 14 2004 and many other times  Sucess!

Rick F

Had Castle to myself ! great day .
Posted Dec 4, 2004 5:23 pm

fritzdRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 30, 2004  Sucess!

fritzd

Climbed up Northest Ridge, down Northwest Ridge, up Cunumdrum, back down to the Norhtwest Ridge saddle, and down the snowfeilds back to the car.
Posted Oct 23, 2004 6:12 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: Castle Creek, north slope to west ridge Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!

Larry V

Great hike and snow climb. Astounding views. Lost my water bottle when it slid 500 ft down the snow.
Posted Oct 20, 2004 10:28 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Castle Creek TH - Snow Slopes Date Climbed: September 18, 2004  Sucess!

Ed F

A fun snow / ice climb to the saddle between Conundrum and Castle. Had to do the last 200 feet or so to the saddle on the loose scree. Not fun! Ascended Conundrum, made the traverse to Castle, and then descended the north ridge. A nice tour.
Posted Sep 20, 2004 8:17 am

thebeave7Route Climbed: Direct Ridgeline Date Climbed: August 1st, 2004  Sucess!

thebeave7

A fun rock scramble up the ridgeline from the parking lot below. A bit of exposure, and avoided most of the loose scree in the cirque.

Eric J Lee
Posted Sep 10, 2004 3:22 am

jrfRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 8th, 2004  Sucess!

jrf

My first experience in the Elks. Definitely an interesting climb and a different experience. We had absolutely perfect weather and I got to do a reasonably decent glissade down from the saddle between Castle and Conundrum.



For what it's worth, if the snow below the saddle is melted out seriously consider going back over Castle. The descent down the scree to get to the snow is dangerous and loose (people have gotten scared or hurt doing this).



Be careful descending Castle to the saddle as well. There are a couple loose spots and generally speaking it's better to stay left.
Posted Aug 17, 2004 10:44 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Summer, 199?  Sucess!

Saintgrizzly

Climbed with Aaron Johnson. Probably the easiest of the Elks, but still worth it for the view!
Posted Aug 10, 2004 1:14 pm

GarethRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 30, 2004  Sucess!

Gareth

This one was a memorable ascent. We were snowed on as we made our way up to the ridge. A short time later we were turned around up on the ridge by a hair-standing-on-end lightning scare. We quickly retreated all the way back down to the snow and sat far away from our ice axes. After a while the clouds cleared and we ascended the scree all over again. We gained the summit with perfect weather. On the way down a guy in another party broke his leg (sliding down the snow with a trash bag on his butt!) and we stayed with him to keep him warm before assisting Aspen Mountain Rescue when they arrived. The guy had to be taken out in a helicopter. As we had hiked from our camp a mile up from the trailhead and it was late, we gladly accepted a ride down with the Aspen Mountain Rescue—hey we earned it!
Posted Aug 1, 2004 8:16 am

mtwashingtonmonroeRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: June 12, 2004

mtwashingtonmonroe

Started on my first ascent of Castle Peak with perfect skies. By the time we got into the bowl, we had snowstorms and very high wind. We had to descend early but it was a beautiful mountain. Watch the weather! I'll be back to climb her someday!
Posted Jun 16, 2004 1:10 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: the wrong one Date Climbed: sept 97  Sucess!

DaveC

picking your own route in the elks means dangerous loose rock. dog set one off that bashed my arm. wish I'd bothered with conundrum back then, as it's sometimes considered a 14er so I made an additional trip later.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:18 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: Montezuma Basin Date Climbed: 7/09/03  Sucess!

f360driver

Good climb. Rotten rock.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:35 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 2, 2002  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

Solo with about (100) of my closest friends!! I should have known that this route would be crowded on a holliday weekend. People were ditching there trucks allong Montezuma Road and hiking the rest of the way to the trail head. I started picking up people and soon had (8) or (9) people in the back. Just before we got to the lot I herd knocking on the back window and people yelling to stop. I guess the last dunse that I picked up fell out of the back and for what ever reason was holding on to the bumper for dear life. I laugh every time I see the little dent in the tail gate!! I had planned to summit and drop down the other side to the Konundrum Hot Springs, but had to turn back after I had already lost about 600 verticle feet. Dawson's Guide will lead you to believe that there is a trail to the hot springs fron the summit. NOT TRUE!! I called it quits after setting foot on a boulder the size of a refridgerator and surfing it through the talus for about 10 feet! This route may be an option in the winter, but a real hazard in the summer.
Posted Apr 10, 2004 9:58 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 16, 2003  Sucess!

xskier77

2nd Elk 14er and another good intruction to the range. Relatively easy but some fun scrambling toward the summit.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 12:48 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!

hhsilleck

Up northeast, down northwest. Northwest is steep to the shoulder, but not too bad.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 6:49 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: North East Ridge Date Climbed: September 2000  Sucess!

JonBradford

Climbed with my friend Dave Sincere.

This post is dedicated to my poor dead friend. May your spirit float amngst the summits.

Jon
Posted Dec 13, 2003 8:00 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 20, 2003  Sucess!

RyanS

Erin and I spent a beautiful autumn day in the Elks, bagging our tallest remaining 14er. The snow starts right around the 12,800' parking lot, and you could need crampons if things are icy in the morning. A TR is available here.
Posted Sep 23, 2003 5:07 pm

miztflipRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: September 18, 2003  Sucess!

miztflip

After the 14er marathon the day before I got about 6hrs sleep and awoke to clear skies. Not being one to enjoy hiking 4wd roads I drove to the 12800ft parking. I left the truck at 9:45am and found the best snow climbing conditions I've seen in a long while. The snow started at the parking lot with the first 450ft being excellent for kick stepping. The final 450ft before the saddle between Castle and Conundrum proved to be the best. It was well consolidated, extremely hard snow except for a small 10ft rock band near the top. Being too hard for kicksteps it made for excellent cramponing. The ridge from the saddle had some snow but not much. Coming down was a blast and I made the truck at 11:15am.
Posted Sep 18, 2003 9:24 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 3, 2003  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

Well it almost feels like cheating to drive up so far but hey - take advantage of the road if it's there.



As a result we had a refreshingly short hike of 1 hour and 20 minutes to summit. We descended down the northwest ridge. There is still quite a bit of snow but we couldn't take advantage of a glissade due to all of the rocks on the snow. An ice axe is definitely still needed going down. I had to self arrest twice to keep from going completely out of control.



A fun climb and great views of the Elk Range.
Posted Aug 4, 2003 6:20 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: Castle Couloir Date Climbed: June 7. 2003  Sucess!

bernardhohman

Great snow and nice high camp via the 4X4 road. Beautiful Colorado sparkler day of sun and blue sky.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 12:48 am

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