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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

sdhager

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

seth@LOKI

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

crzyjt

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

roozers42

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

km_donovan

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!

doumall

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!

bc44caesar

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!

georgbetsy

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

thebeave7Route Climbed: Traverse from Castle Date Climbed: August 1st, 2004  Sucess!

thebeave7

An odd little peak, with no real summit to it. Though it gives you nice views of Castle, and its routes. Just gotta love the scrambling.

Eric J Lee
Posted Sep 10, 2004 3:23 am

DaveCRoute Climbed: montezuma mine Date Climbed: july 03  Sucess!

DaveC

return trip, not having bothered back when i did castle. excellent glissading, even this late in the year. loose and nasty above the glacier, though.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:22 pm

f360driverRoute Climbed: Montezume Basin Date Climbed: July/03  Sucess!

f360driver

Easy climb.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 6:38 pm

pphluxRoute Climbed: normal Date Climbed: Sep. 20th, 2003  Sucess!

pphlux

Climbed up _before_ castle.



Castle seems very imposing from this vantage point, and we

were a little worried about the ascent.



However, it did not take much more than an hour to make the

traverse.



Once we were on top of Castle, it was easy to see how this

is considered a sub-peak, since it is very small, and seems to

simply be part of Castle's north ridge.
Posted Mar 19, 2004 11:37 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: via Castle Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!

hhsilleck

Why not stop by after Castle? PS Condundrum Hot Springs in December snow is a looooong tiring hike.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:22 pm

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