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Ryan KowalskiFrom Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2007

Ryan Kowalski

The highlight for me was the 15 minute nap on top! A good day.
Posted Jun 19, 2007 1:41 pm

smason505Route: Conundrum Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007


Nice steep couloir climb with some ice at the choke. Very windy.
Posted Jun 11, 2007 12:52 pm

BritetteConundrum Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007


Climbed and skied the Conundrum Couloir. It was cold and windy, so i wasn't sure if it was going to warm up or not, and since I also wanted to do Castle, I skied it when it was frozen. That choke is steep and narrow and not so much fun when it is icy!
Posted Jun 11, 2007 12:35 pm

winterfaestarted too early


Didn't make the summit, was my first unsuccessful attempt...gotta happen sometime right? My pontiac wasn't about to attempt going all the way, so we had an extra few miles on our hike...started so early that some clouds rolled through that looked questionable and we were off the trail. Of course once we got down it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day. I'll be back.
Posted Nov 9, 2006 1:02 am

Brian KaletClimbed Twice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2006

Brian Kalet

10/14/2006: South Ridge
10/25/2008: South Ridge (ascent); Conundrum Couloir (ski descent)
Posted Oct 16, 2006 6:51 pm

Vagabond ManifestoNice peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2006

Vagabond Manifesto

Climbed via Castle-Conundrum saddle, after summitting Castle. Accidentally kept going across the actual summit at first, then spotted the summit register, which no one had signed in several days. A good peak for solitude even when Castle is busy!

Headed back over Castle rather than contend with the snowless dirt slope below the Castle-Conundrum saddle
Posted Aug 25, 2006 6:13 am

sdhagerTraverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2006


Short Trip from Castle. I love the glissade!
Posted Aug 8, 2006 9:07 pm

Mike McWest Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2006

Mike Mc

Climbed west basin between Castle and Conundrum. Miserable Rock!
Posted Aug 7, 2006 3:42 am

seth@LOKISkeeeed It 3X  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 1996


I'm no Louis Dawson yet but I get around!
Posted Jul 26, 2006 7:24 pm

Eric HolleRoute Climbed: traverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2006

Eric Holle

Climbed with Castle Pk. Glissade descent, wish I would have brought my axe.
Posted Jul 19, 2006 3:01 am

Woodie HopperSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Woodie Hopper

Hiked as part of a two-fer with Castle. Crampons were helpful, but not necessary.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 5:22 am

crzyjtTraverse from Castle, ski descent of Conundrum Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006


The traverse was easy, the skiing was sketchy. The choke was shaded and bulletproof with slush above and below. I side slipped through the ice, but my partner ate it and tumbled 300 feet downslope. Nothing hurt but his pride and his binding.
Posted Jun 24, 2006 11:43 pm

roozers42Route Climbed: Traverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2005


Nice addition to the Castle climb. Snowfield was very sun-cupped.
Posted May 15, 2006 4:16 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: Traverse from Castle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2003


Had a great glissade from the couloir between Castle and Conundrum.
Part of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip. I celebrated the sucess of the trip when I returned home with a bottle of Conundrum wine.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 1:27 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Conundrum Couloir Date Climbed: August 21st, 2005  Sucess!


Started at 11000' at 4 am under a full moon. Reached the couloir and ascended under the rising sun. Awsome day and great snow conditions. 52nd 14er!
Posted Aug 21, 2005 5:31 pm

Andrew McKenzieRoute Climbed: Unnamed class 3 scramble from Montezuma Basin Date Climbed: August 13, 2005  Sucess!

Andrew McKenzie

My friend Matt and I scrambled from the montezuma basin up a fairly solid couloir to the climbers right of the conundrum couloir. Great scramble, lots of fun, beautiful peak despite the fact that its not an official 14er. Whatever!
Posted Aug 16, 2005 3:16 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: 27 May 2005  Sucess!


A nice snow climb to the saddle, but the final ridge to the summit was bare. Used snowshoes the entire time I was on snow, although crampons could've been used on the final slope to the saddle. Was able to do about 7 glissades down Montezuma Basin on stable snow. Following the creek bed was much easier and faster than trying to stay on the snow covered road. The road was impassable slightly above the first river crossing with the foot bridge. I started at 5:40 and reached the top after about 4 hours, and then headed over to Castle. Back to the car in 2.5 from the top of Castle. I started from where I camped 0.4 mi. up from where the Pearl Pass Rd. leaves the Castle Creek Rd. I would recommend an earlier start time to avoid soft snow.
Posted May 30, 2005 11:57 pm

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: Conundrum Couloir Date Climbed: October 23, 2004  Sucess!


Brad, Betsy, and I set out to climb Conundrum and Castle today. However, Betsy's feet were hurting and we encountered more snow high on the mountain. Thus, after an attempt to reach the Conundrum/Castle saddle, Betsy waited for us in the bowl below Conundrum and Castle, while Brad and I had a great time climbing Conundrum Couloir. We had great views.

See Brad's trip report for details on our trip and the conditions.
Posted Oct 24, 2004 5:30 pm

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: Conundrum Couloir Date Climbed: October 23, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

My first real snow climb, and what fun! Never made it to Castle Peak as planned, but had a great introduction to the Elks! Weather was beautiful and clear, but later in the day it started to get annoyingly windy. Lots of skiers out today on the slope between Castle and Conundrum.
Posted Oct 24, 2004 4:08 am

Ed FRoute Climbed: Castle Creek TH - Snow Slopes Date Climbed: September 18, 2004  Sucess!

Ed F

A fun snow / ice climb to the saddle between Conundrum and Castle. Had to do the last 200 feet or so to the saddle on the loose scree. Not fun! Ascended Conundrum, made the traverse to Castle, and then descended the north ridge. A nice tour.
Posted Sep 20, 2004 8:18 am

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