Castor Climber's Log
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|Lodewijk||Ridge to the sky |
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2015
|The ridge to the sky...is as awesome as it looks on all the photos here on SP. Climbed with Roeland, Pieter and Werner from the Ayaz hut (after Climbing Pollux first) over the WNW-flank. Crevasses on the WNW-Flank and the last part to reach the summit ridge was quite steep:45-50 degrees. We traversed Castor, passed Felikhorn and went down to the Quintino Sella Hut. Clear blue skies all day and great views, a perfect day.|
|Posted Oct 30, 2015 6:42 pm|
|Rafa Bartolome||nice ridge |
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2015
|We enjoyed a lot the ridge of Castor in a perfect day without a cloud... it was an amazing place!!!!!|
We begun in rifugio Mezzalama (guide d'ayas was full) reaching the summit in 5h descending to Quintino sella.
The route of west face had changed a lot because we needed to cross 4 crevasses without bridges and some sections over it had 40-45º, specially the last section to reach the summit North with 45-50º (but with a fixed rope and good steps)
|Posted Jul 19, 2015 10:29 am|
|viktor vaughn||Italian normal route |
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009
|Perfect weather the whole week. We ascended the Breithorn, Castor, Pollux, Parrotspitze and Signalkuppe. Slept at the Monta Rosa Hut.|
|Posted Jan 29, 2015 1:14 pm|
|alpinbeta||Normal Route from Rif. Sella |
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009
|Clear day and good ice and snow conditions|
|Posted Sep 20, 2014 9:15 am|
|markhallam||Climbed with Pollux |
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2014
|With my son Keith, climbed both Pollux and Castor from Rossi e Volante Bivvy Hut. We did furthest away, Castor via WNW Flank - and then did Pollux via SW ridge, 'on the way back'. |
All in all, this was a fantastic day out, in near perfect conditions - a real stroke of luck after all the uncertain weather recently.
Castor W flank a bit of a slog - and quite cold in the morning out of the sun (we made it minus 10 C with a 40km/hour wind to cool things further). But the summit ridge was a total delight - really airy - and with sensational views all round.
|Posted Sep 14, 2014 3:31 am|
|Donno||WNW Flank |
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2014
|Traversed from Klein Matterhorn w/Scott, descending to Quintino Sella Hut. Waited out a storm day then climbed Liskamm.|
|Posted Sep 6, 2014 8:57 pm|
|With Steve, Rog and Andy.|
|Posted Aug 12, 2014 11:46 am|
|p-mike||Normal Route from Quintino Sella Hut |
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013
|Normal Route from Quintino Sella Hut on a perfect sunny day!|
With my father Beppe, my brother Marco and our friends Dario, Bruno and Massimo.
|Posted Sep 19, 2013 6:09 am|
|Jurgen||Castor from Kl. Matterhorn |
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2013
|Nice day trip from the Kl Matterhorn. Afterwords we climbed the Pollux. Great conditions and beautiful views.|
|Posted Jul 29, 2013 8:35 am|
|KoenVl||From Testa Grigia |
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2013
|Started at Testa Grigia. A rather long (18-19km in total), but very beautiful climb, specially at the end with stunning views from a superb snowridge towards the summit!|
|Posted Jul 9, 2013 5:48 am|
|JoaoNeves||From valle d'Ayas hut |
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012
|I summit the Castor together with my good friend Pol, carrying a 20Kg++ load worth of baackpacking... crazy stuff!|
But it was just great! probably one of the most spectacular thing I've done in my life... so far.
|Posted Sep 17, 2012 4:50 am|
|Silvia Mazzani||Normal Route |
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 1983
|From Quintino Sella Hut.|
|Posted Sep 2, 2012 5:17 pm|
|RyanHoover||Castor Traverse |
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012
|Fun climb, beautiful views, and less crowded then it's neighbor Pollux.|
|Posted Aug 28, 2012 1:58 am|
|marc123||West East Traverse |
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2005
|After the Pollux we did the Castor traverse|
|Posted Aug 22, 2012 4:05 am|
|JuliusKramer||What a day! |
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2012
|Camping on the flat part of the glacier between Klein Matterhorn and Breithorn. We were first going for Pollux, but turned around in the beginning of the scramble, and decided to go for Castor instead. Climbed the breathtakingly steep snow slope and reached summit early afternoon,then "rushed" down, probably as the last climbers that day. Stunning view from the summit and absolutely amazing (almost too amazing) weather! On the way back towards Kl. Matterhorn, a small avalanche had totally covered part of the the path. Too close! Castor was my highest mountain so far.|
|Posted Aug 19, 2012 5:39 pm|
|gimpilator||4 Peaks Of Monte Rosa |
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012
|We started at Klein Matterhorn and did Breithorn the first day with Pollux and Castor the second day, and Ludwigshoehe the third day. We descended the Gorner Glacier to the Monte Rosa Hut. On the fourth day I had to descend all the way to Visp to get surgery for a strange illness and we were not able to climb Dufourspitze as we had planned.|
|Posted Aug 12, 2012 12:04 am|
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012
|Westface normal route on a clear day from Ayas hut.|
|Posted Jul 31, 2012 8:00 am|
|rgg||W-E traverse |
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012
|Some clouds threatened to move in, and at one point it looked like we might not have a view, but it opened up again and gimpilator, Ryan and I got great views from the summit.|
|Posted Jul 26, 2012 3:31 pm|
|CharlesBath||Castor normal route |
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2012
|The short story is that this beautiful mountain required no prior experience (as long as you have a local guide), but I found it both physically very demanding and quite scary on the final ridge.|
I have done a fair bit of Alpine hiking, but this was only the second mountain that I have climbed after the Breithorn main summit. I had spent about 10 days doing hikes and getting acclimatised before doing Castor. Castor definitely was much more demanding than the Breithorn main summit.
I climbed Castor with just me and a local guide. We set off on a wonderful blue sky day with no wind and temperatures at about zero degrees. There had been some fresh snow the night before. The cable car was however delayed by about 1 hour which put us under some time pressure as the last cable car down was at 4pm. If you miss the cable car you either have to stay the night at the cable car station or walk to a mountain hut.
The initial walk from the Klein Matterhorn cable car station to the base of the mountain I found quite easy and very pleasant. There were a couple of very short, icy sections where you could have taken a tumble if you were not careful.
However, I found the walk up the face of the mountain on the normal route really physically demanding. I certainly am not as fit as I thought! I was pretty tired by the time I got to the summit ridge. In addition the summit ridge was more scary than I had thought from photographs beforehand. It took me a lot of concentration to avoid making any stumbles on the ridge. The local guide was totally essential for someone of my prior experience level.
We had a quick sandwich on the summit and the walked back along the summit ridge and back down the face. Due to tiredness I found the first 50 feet or so of the face below the ridge quite difficult as it was icy.
The final walk back to Klein Matterhorn felt long and tiring to me and I was very glad to reach the cable car station. In addition a lot of low cloud came in and the area was quite deserted so I was again very glad to have a local guide.
|Posted Jul 9, 2012 10:42 am|
|Nikolas_A||Normal Route from Rif. Ayas |
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2011
|Ski ascent in a group of 6, perfect conditions. The final ridge was interesting! Descend to Rif. Quintino Sella|
|Posted Apr 14, 2012 7:08 pm|