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alpinbetaNormal Route from Rif. Sella  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

alpinbeta

Clear day and good ice and snow conditions
Posted Sep 20, 2014 9:15 am

markhallamClimbed with Pollux  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2014

markhallam

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

DonnoWNW Flank  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2014

Donno

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

SimnelTraverse..  Sucess!

Simnel

With Steve, Rog and Andy.
Posted Aug 12, 2014 11:46 am

p-mikeNormal Route from Quintino Sella Hut  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2013

p-mike

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

JurgenCastor from Kl. Matterhorn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2013

Jurgen

Nice day trip from the Kl Matterhorn. Afterwords we climbed the Pollux. Great conditions and beautiful views.
Posted Jul 29, 2013 8:35 am

KoenVlFrom Testa Grigia  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2013

KoenVl

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

JoaoNevesFrom valle d'Ayas hut  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012

JoaoNeves

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 MazzaniNormal Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 1983

Silvia Mazzani

From Quintino Sella Hut.
Posted Sep 2, 2012 5:17 pm

RyanHooverCastor Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012

RyanHoover

Fun climb, beautiful views, and less crowded then it's neighbor Pollux.
Posted Aug 28, 2012 1:58 am

marc123West East Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2005

marc123

After the Pollux we did the Castor traverse
Posted Aug 22, 2012 4:05 am

JuliusKramerWhat a day!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2012

JuliusKramer

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

gimpilator4 Peaks Of Monte Rosa  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012

gimpilator

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

KoenWestface  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012

Koen

Westface normal route on a clear day from Ayas hut.
Posted Jul 31, 2012 8:00 am

rggW-E traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2012

rgg

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 Adam, Ryan and I got great views from the summit.
Posted Jul 26, 2012 3:31 pm

CharlesBathCastor normal route  Sucess!
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_ANormal Route from Rif. Ayas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 17, 2011

Nikolas_A

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

IvanBraunDKCastor with Liskamm traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2011

IvanBraunDK

Climbed it from the Ayas hut on a windy but clear day - after summit did we traverse to Lisskamm West
Posted Jan 15, 2012 5:03 pm

Valthotraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2011

Valtho

Climbed it from the Ayas hut, after Pollux on a beautifull day and we went to the Quintino Sella
Posted Aug 26, 2011 4:05 pm

climbxclimbItalian normal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2011

climbxclimb

Climbed the italian normal route form Rifugio Quintino Sella.
We met very high winds on the ridge winch made many teams turn back. Visibility was low at moments.
Overall a very nice easy climb with beautiful views...when the clouds allow..
Posted Aug 25, 2011 1:06 pm

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