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OnagerCastle + Conundrum  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2015


Today I climbed 14,265 ft. Castle Peak and 14,060 ft. Conundrum Peak in Colorado's Elk Range. After work on Saturday I drove up Independence Pass towards Aspen. I camped after driving up a rough 4WD road which included a river crossing. I started from camp at 11,000 ft. at 5AM and made fast progress on Northeast Ridge route. I made the summit of Castle at 8:30 AM and proceeded down to the col between Castle Peak and my next target, Conundrum Peak. I made the summit of Conundrum at approx. 9:15AM and then had to re-summit Castle Peak. I made it back to camp at 11:45AM. Epic day and 31 Colorado 14ers done!
Posted Aug 30, 2015 10:16 pm

SenadRTraverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015


Short and easy traverse from Castle Peak, great views!
Posted Jul 13, 2015 8:26 am

ericdEven better views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2014


Traversed from Castle's crowd. Initial downclimb was the steepest but was a short distance and took less than 1hr. Thought this highpoint had better views all around than Castle. Snow couloir looked tempting but with an ice ax.
Posted Aug 16, 2014 12:14 pm

Alex WoodCastle and Conudrum via the Conundrum Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2014

Alex Wood

Left the bridge at 6am and got to the summit of Conundrum Peak by 10:15am. There was snow down to about 12k, maybe a little lower. The traverse to Castle was easy (a little hard in ski boots). I was hoping to ski off the summit of Castle, but we were two weeks late..bleh. So I skied the Castle headwall and got about 2k vert on the descent.
Posted Jul 14, 2014 2:07 pm

DanielLCastle & Conundrum Combo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2013


Enjoyed a beautiful early summer day on Castle and Conundrum. This was a great climb for my first ice axe self arrest/glissade experience!
Posted Oct 9, 2013 12:30 am

Dariawith Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013


Hiked 5 miles up the 4wd road, with Castle. Was disheartening to see all the Jeeps driving up and down the roads...while we walked.
Posted Jul 29, 2013 3:26 pm

HyadventureTraverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2013


Need to go back earlier in the year to do one of the snow routes.
Posted Jul 11, 2013 4:40 pm

astroclimbersoggy climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012


After Castle, with Sarah and Jill
Posted Jul 6, 2013 9:42 pm

Fletchw/ tmathews  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2012


as our guide. fun day!
Posted Dec 28, 2012 4:42 pm

milanLast for next 2 years!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2010
Great trip, fall weather, nice and sunny, warm at the trailhead and freezing above timber line. Golden leaves of Aspens. Great weekend.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 5:20 pm

BLongFun link-up  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012


I scrambled from Cathedral Lake up unnamed 13,828' and then traversed the 2nd - 4th class ridge-line to summit Conundrum Peak and Castle Peak. I was also hoping to summit Cathedral Peak from the ridge-line on 13,828, but did not have time. I descended via the main hiking trail on Castle Peak. The ridge between 13,828 and Conundrum Peak was a blast, including several towers to navigate over/around.
Posted Sep 13, 2012 11:18 am

csmcgranahanWith Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2012


Started at about 4:20am and summited Castle via the Northeast Ridge at about 7:30am or so. Then traversed over to Conundrum. Descended via the saddle through the nasty scree - it was only really bad for a hundred feet or so - the rest was just frustrating and tedious.
Posted Sep 11, 2012 2:34 pm

Sarah SimonFrom Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012

Sarah Simon

The weather held for us, so it was a no-brainer for us to enjoy he little sidewalk in the sky over to Conundrum. Ate some lunch and snapped bomber Elk range photos before backtracking over Castle for the descent. With Cheryl and Jill.
Posted Jul 28, 2012 5:18 pm

KieferVia Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2011


Climbed in conjunction with Castle. Summited both peaks during the storm. UNGODLY cold (-8F to -13F) and windy. Sun came out just as we crested the summit of Castle. That was wicked cool! First 14ers of the winter season.
Posted Dec 24, 2011 12:48 pm

apachedinoCastle Moat  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2011


From Castle on a crystal clear day.
Posted Oct 27, 2011 11:10 pm

I like it on topTraverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2011

I like it on top

Great day and great views.
Posted Oct 23, 2011 10:41 pm

Ted EliasonCouloir in firm, windy conditions  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2009

Ted Eliason

June still feel like winter sometimes.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 7:11 pm

JohnnyCOHot Springs to Cunundrum  Sucess!


Hiked from the springs. Long day scrambling
Posted Oct 1, 2011 2:25 pm

Matt LemkeTraverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2011

Matt Lemke

A great traverse on a perfect fall day. Fresh snows surrounded us and was on all the ridges.
Posted Sep 18, 2011 9:40 pm

blackhawkconundrum couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2010


Climbed the couloir,went up to the top then traversed over to castle and back down. Fun snow climb.
Posted Aug 16, 2011 8:28 am

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