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utclimberCastle and Castleabra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013
Hiked up Castleabra by going up and over Castle Peak.
Posted Aug 7, 2013 10:39 am

rockymountaindivaLong 4WD  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2010


Long 4WD road, would recommend a different route than from the southeast.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 7:13 pm

KieferVia Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012


Whoa! That ridge over from Castle Peak was extremely loose and puncuated with more cliffs than I thought it would be. Took some doing for route finding.
Saw a bear! About 200' below the Castle-Conundrum saddle on the west side. I have no idea what it was doing up so high.
That makes 2 bear sightings inside a week now. Hope the guys get some food. :o(
Posted Sep 3, 2012 11:44 am

shknbkeCunning couloir to 13550  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


Ditto what Sarah said. That was one of my most challenging backpacks ever! The stream crossings were the crux of the trip. All bets are off in the Elks after a heavy winter. Even in early summer, there was still tons of snow in the Conundrum Creek basin. As for the couloir, it's a nice one, but a lot of work to get to. Steepness was low to mid 40's until near the top where there was a short stretch of 50 degrees on hard snow. Test your routefinding skills with a traverse to 13550, but be ready for rotten rock and exposed terrain. It's a similar traverse to the Bells sans cairns.
Posted Jun 30, 2008 11:34 pm

SarahThompsonCunning Couloir & Traverse to UN 13,550  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008


The backpack to Conundrum Hot Springs was very difficult as EVERY one of the bridges at the MANY creek crossings was out. The creek was raging and crossings varied from finding snow bridges to traversing slippery, shaky logs, to hip deep wading in swift currents with the assistance of a hand line, to building our own bridges. Climbed the Cunning Couloir on Castlebra (see Roach) and then did the time consuming, very tricky, rotten traverse to UN 13,550. Soaked in the springs afterwards. An awesome but grueling trip.
Posted Jun 30, 2008 2:59 pm

tomlaurenWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2007


Hiked the West Ridge from camp at Conundrum Hot Springs with my friend Keith. We continued on to Castle Peak. The hot springs are awesome!
Posted Feb 1, 2008 9:58 pm

Brian KaletWest Face (ascent), North Face (descent)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2003

Brian Kalet

Skied from the summit!
Posted Aug 16, 2007 11:34 am

rpaceFirst  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2007


Four hours to reach the summit. The scree field is indeed unpleasant.
Posted Aug 14, 2007 1:00 am

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