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chicagotransplantNorth Couloir w/ ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2010


Sam and I hiked up the North Couloir and skied back down. Put up a high camp at 12,800 the night before, windy night! High camp was good though, and we were able to ski out before the road got to mushy.
Posted May 24, 2010 1:31 pm

theREALCarpeDM2nd try  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008


Got myself into a dilly of a pickle, though. Got off-route - off the ridge and nearly slid off the mountain trying to get back on route. Luckily, it turned out okay.
Posted Apr 8, 2010 5:56 pm

utclimberNorthwest Ridge  Sucess!
Hiked up Castle Peak, then traversed over to Conundrum.
Posted Mar 28, 2010 4:13 pm

JB99From Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2007


Came over from Conundrum after climbing the namesake couloir. A trip report and video are linked below.

Posted Dec 9, 2009 4:36 pm

SenadR1st in Elks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2009


Great climb, due to weather conditions i didint make it to Conundrum.

2nd time July 12, 2015
Posted Nov 24, 2009 12:25 am

Mark NNE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2009

Mark N

With sister Liz, her first fourteener.
Posted Sep 8, 2009 1:31 am

Ken DammenNortheast ridge plus Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2009

Ken Dammen

We hiked up from just below the foot bridge that crosses the river. Started at about 9900 feet which made it a pretty long hike. Weather was excellent all day. Crampons would have made the snow fields a little easier, but we used a hiking pole and kicked in steps with hiking boots. Some people turned around at the snowfield because they did not have an ice axe and crampons. We made our way up to the basin and climbed up the Northeast ridge. Fun climb up ridge...guidebook says class 2+, but I would call a couple of the spots class 3 due to the high exposure and hands required (nothing difficult though IMO).

The summit was nice, winds were high though. The register on top had been eaten by marmots probably. Matt and I met a couple of nice folks from Grand Junction with 2 labs. Dogs did real well on climb..only needed a little help on a couple of sections.

We pushed on and also summited Conundrum. There was a register on top of summit. We came back to the saddle and did a glissade down to the frozen lake. Glissade was fun, but you have to avoid the occasional rock..easy to control speed. Did a few more glissades down to the road. There was a track people were using to glissade down..we did that and it was cool. Made the long hike back to the car. Nice day after being turned back on Capitol peak on Saturday due to bad weather on top.

16th 14er 15th Colorado 14er.
Posted Aug 17, 2009 11:49 am

noahs213+ Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009


A fun climb on the North East Ridge. It snowed a little bit. It was horrible rock as usual in the Elks. The glissading was a kick.
Posted Jul 24, 2009 8:13 pm

Foxy Long BottomsWith Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2009

Foxy Long Bottoms

Posted Jul 12, 2009 10:04 pm

Liba Kopeckovafrom Castle Creek trailhead  Sucess!

Liba Kopeckova

Easiest one in the Elk range. Duchess did again great.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 4:24 am

shanrickvNorth Face Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2009


Started day early in blue skies and finished with a June white out, but a good snow climb.
Posted Jun 18, 2009 8:46 am

mattpayne11Standard Route: Date climbed: 8/28/1998  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 1998


We camped pretty low and hiked from there, was kind of funny to see how high the road actually takes you...
Posted May 10, 2009 12:21 am

Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008


Lots of snow, even in August!
Posted Mar 29, 2009 12:11 am

polarjudVia Conundrum Hot Springs
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008


Tried it via the west ridge of conundrum. Monsoon weather pattern. Clouds closed in above and below about 12,700 feet. Lost my nerve and went back down. Hot springs were some consolation.
Posted Aug 16, 2008 9:18 pm

alpspitzeNE\NW Loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008


Started before the first stream crossing. Nice hike in great weather. Descended via the Castle-Conundrum saddle. Perfect snow for a quick descent.
Posted Aug 11, 2008 4:09 pm

RMdaytripsgrlCopied myrone's trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008


Got up there after Conundrum. Started at 10,200ft, total 5,200ft vert per gps. Snow is melting out at top of snowfield, its going fast. Conundrum couloir is still looking sweet. NW ridge is very loose. NE ridge is not for people afraid of heights. Some class 3 moves in there w/A LOT of exposure. Some very fun mellow glissades to be had!
Posted Jul 26, 2008 10:35 am

myroneCastle Peak via Montezuma Mine Rd  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008


Drove the Montezuma Rd as far as I could. Started up at 7:00AM with a snow ascent to the saddle between Castle and Conundrum. Hiked the ridge up to Conundrum Peak and then back across to Castle Peak. Hiked the NE ridge of Castle Peak back down to the snow and glissaded to the road and back to the truck at 12:27PM. Fun day with perfect weather. My 38th 14'er............sweet!
Posted Jul 12, 2008 8:40 pm

thexcatGreat hike via northeast ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008


Amazing but long hike, probably my favorite of 6 CO 14ers I've done. Love the Elk Range. My brother, being kind of new to mountaineering, kind of freak out at the exposure on the ridge, but loved the glissading on the way back. We got lost towards the end (guy at summit saw us and told us correct path), climbed up a scary couloir to get back on track. Unfortunately my brother lost a glove there and he had to climb it again! Great experience.
Posted Jul 9, 2008 12:34 pm

heather14The long way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008


Missed the turn (imagine that) to Montezuma Basin and ended up on the east side of Castle. Climbed an unnamed couloir to the northeast ridge, ended up losing elevation and then climbing the upper half of the north face couloir. Made for a long but fun day after traversing over to Conundrum and back to the TH.
Posted Jun 8, 2008 8:24 pm

Mots010Climb and ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 18, 2008


Fun climb and ski
Posted May 20, 2008 9:29 am

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