Glad to hear the weather worked out well for you, always something to smile about. Castle was one of my favorite climbs when I lived in CO, glad you enjoyed it as well.
Great report with beautiful pictures, brings back memeories and creates hopes for the future as a good report should.
Great Story! Thanks for posting it.
Did the North Face Ski look filled in enough to ski it later?
Yep, it had plenty of snow to ski.
Hey Scott, Mark M. from 14ers.com! Great job on Castle! We climbed the snowfield to the NW ridge last July and it made for a great outing. Glissaded down Castle's N Couloir which was a blast. How did Conundrum's Couloir look? A lot of snow up there still it seems. Great photos too!
Seth@LOKI - For 14er ski conditions, check out www.skithe14ers.com , they just skied Castle Peak on April 17th.
Great pictures and report Scott! The Northeast Ridge is an enjoyable route. As far as the digital camera freezing, that actually happened to me on the summit of Conundrum. I never thought of taking a backup, but it is certainly worth it to be able to capture such views!
If you are interested in any snow climbs this spring, let me know.
I especially liked the "near summit of castle" pic.
I love to see early spring season photos! Easter brought good snow. What a fantastic climb. Have you thought about skiing a 14er?
Yep, definately thought of it. I used to ski, but after I got married, my wife snowshoed, so I gave it up for that. Now that we don't always go together anymore, it's time for a new pair of skis.
Iclantic skis are next on my list for now. They are not snowshoes but are short at 140-150cm, light, wide, stable, and great in pow even on tele (but I AT lately.) I can't get them yet but we'll see. Just a thought
report, Scott! The pictures you took for this are invaluable. I will be using your beta in the next couple weeks if all goes right. Thanks for posting this!