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Conundrum Couloir

 
Conundrum Couloir

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.01400°N / 106.863°W

Object Title: Conundrum Couloir

Route Type: Basic Snow Climb

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 3

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Created/Edited: Aug 1, 2003 / Jan 12, 2004

Object ID: 158426

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Approach


Use Castle Creek Trailhead.

Route Description


The Conundrum Couloir is a great snow climb reaching nearly 50 degrees.

Ascend past the Montezuma Mine to the upper bowl directly under Conundrum's North Face. The Couloir is obvious. It is a straightforward snowclimb maxing out around 47 degrees. There may be a problem cornice at the top that is often passed on the right. This couloir tops out right near the summit.

The usual and easiest return is to descend to the Castle - Conundrum saddle and begin a series of glissade/hike cycles back down to the 4x4 trailhead. You won't need your crampons for the hiking parts so stow them securely at the top.

Essential Gear


This is a basic snow climb. Ice ax and crampons are required. Helmet is recommended. Rope and pro are optional.

Images

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