Castor Climber's Log
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|flearreta||Route Climbed: Normal Route via Val d' Ayas Hut Date Climbed: August 13, 2003|
|Departed with fellow climber Ricardo from Val d' Ayas Hut (above Quintino Sella Hut) at around 5:00 AM. Worked our way up the Glacier and arrived to the foot of the Castor in about 1.5 hours. It is a short climb from there, however there is a tricky 25-meter, 40-45º ice wall before reaching the final ridge to the summit so it can get crowded and slow (take a couple of ice screws). Once you've reached the snow ridge, keep your coolness and don't look down to the sides, just concentrate on your feet. Don't think about doing this ridge without a rope.|
|Posted Sep 20, 2003 9:27 am|
|Samuli Mansikka||Route Climbed: West-north west -Flank Date Climbed: 13th august 2003|
|After a badly sleepen night (because of the snowfalls from both Pollux and Castor) in the Zwillingsjoch we started early and climbed the normal route to the summit.|
The final ridge was beautyful and pretty aerial. Summit itself was crowded with climbers from Italian huts.
|Posted Aug 31, 2003 2:01 pm|
|jsurinx||Route Climbed: WNW-Flank Date Climbed: 12 Jul 2002|
|We ( Tim and I) stayed overnight at the Rossi and Volante bivouac hut and started with the Castor and after that we also climbed his twin Pollux via the SW-ridge.Nice Day !!|
|Posted Aug 29, 2003 1:43 am|
|Pontius||Route Climbed: Traverse from Klein Matterhorn to Quintino Sella Date Climbed: 14th July 2003|
|Good day, very hot on top and ridge nice and narrow.|
Interesting Mountain and great views.
Good prelude to other more difficult peaks in the area.
|Posted Jul 22, 2003 9:57 am|
|estura||Route Climbed: normal route from Rif. Sella Date Climbed: august 2002|
|An easy peak with a nice view. We had a perfect day, and very good snow conditions. The only difficulty were a few meters on the final ridge, a bit exposed.|
|Posted Jul 10, 2003 3:27 am|
|zaryba||Route Climbed: Traverse from Grenzgletscher over Passo del Nasso to Zwillingsjoch Date Climbed: August 2002|
|We reached this beautiful snow peak in late afternoon, thus without people, after long route from Grenzgletscher (and unsuccessful atempt on Lyskamm traverse), over Passo del Nasso and via normal route from Rif. Q. Sella. Descent to Zwillingsjoch where we camped in our tent (nice place with amazing views but rather windy). Next day we saw another tent 10 min. further in direction to Kl. Matterhorn (just under the Pollux normal route) on good, windless place.|
|Posted Dec 31, 2002 12:03 am|
|buxlex||Route Climbed: From Sella - Felik Date Climbed: 5-6 October 1996|
|Two perfect days. No wind, no haze ... only Bettaforca's Chair lifts were closed (we were in October there), and get up/back from/to Stafal (Gressoney la Trinitè) was tremendous!|
|Posted Oct 27, 2002 6:48 am|
|Farmer||Route Climbed: normalroute from bivacco rossi e volente Date Climbed: aug 96|
|Short and easy tour from bivac about 2h.....|
Perfect view at sunrise. Same day we climbed its little brother Pollux.
|Posted Oct 9, 2002 11:59 am|
|Chandra||Route Climbed: normal route from Rif. Quintino Sella Date Climbed: July 8th, 2002|
|We had a perfect day. The weather was so good that even Monviso seemed to be in the nearby neighbourhood.|
|Posted Sep 22, 2002 6:31 am|
|Mathias Zehring||Route Climbed: SW-flank and traverse to Sella hut Date Climbed: August 8th 2000|
|In the morning we had climbed the Pollux. Climbing the steep slopes of the Castor in the strong sun at noon was not really funny. On the summits big clouds occured and we hurried down to the Sella hut to avoid getting into a thunderstorm.|
|Posted Sep 10, 2002 2:50 pm|
|kletterwebbi||Route Climbed: WNW-Flank Date Climbed: 1. September 2002|
|Only a few hours of good weather allowed us to reach the summit. Less people but a lot of new snow. Nice route, especially the final summit ridge is somewhat exposed.|
|Posted Sep 5, 2002 11:44 pm|
|Tom Fralich||Route Climbed: WNW Flank Date Climbed: August 25, 2002|
|Set off to climb despite two days of bad weather in Zermatt and more in the forecast. Conditions were OK initially, but a bad storm hit just as we reached the bottom of the face. Visibility was minimal and there was no track, which made navigating the glacier somewhat difficult. We reached the foresummit (4205 m) after some steep ice climbing and found very poor snow conditions on the summit ridge (lots of new, poorly consolidated snow, blown into a sharp knife edge by the wind). We started towards the summit but turned around about 15m short, having deemed the conditions too dangerous to allow a safe descent. The storm worsened as we returned to the Klein Matterhorn and on the Breithorn plateau visibility was limited to about 10m. It's easy to see how people have become lost there and died only a few hundred meters from the cable car.|
|Posted Aug 25, 2002 8:45 am|
|Gertiño||Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: 7 july 2002|
|Coming from the Rifugio Guide de Ayas, we reached the summit around 9 AM. |
Perfect weather conditions with a wonderful view.
Further down to Rifugio Quintino Sella.
|Posted Jul 21, 2002 10:09 am|
|Luidger||Route Climbed: Italian normal route Date Climbed: 08/14/1999|
|My first alpine 4000m-peak. Relatively easy glacier trip.|
The snow ridge is a bit exposed. Perfect views of Monviso, Gran Paradiso, Mt. Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, ...
|Posted Dec 15, 2001 2:36 am|
|schadik||Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: 1999|
|just one more 4000 on the Monte Rosa tour.|
|Posted Nov 25, 2001 6:07 am|
|Oyvind Lind Petersen||Route Climbed: Kleine Matterhorn, south of Breithorn and Pollux Date Climbed: July 20 1999|
|I teamed up with a guide and a german guy. We had to stop at 4.000 meter because of the germans bad leg and my broken crampoon. I've be back.|
|Posted Sep 9, 2001 12:01 pm|