Continued to Conundrum, descent of NW ridge on scree for a couple hundred feet and then the snowfield.
I drove my 4x4 all the way to the parking area 12,800 feet, got an early start before the holiday hordes arrived Part of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip.
Climbed with Brock.
We climbed up to 11,430 feet and camped. Stormy all day, and we saw on small avalanche.
It was 9F in the morning and we climbed Castle via the Northeast Ridge and descended the north face couloir. Climb was mostly easy, but parts of the ridge traverse had some treacherous sugar snow, that was impossible to get a bite with the ice axe. Very warm day, and the snow was soft, so we arrived back at the car at 9 pm, a long day.
Nice hike, great skiing all around. Made some nice turns from up high.
No snow in the couloir, just lots of very loose rock. Descended via NE Ridge.
My second 14er, and the one that started the obsession. Five years later, I had climbed them all.
Great climb with perfect snow from 2WD, one of my favorite climbs.
I drove all the way to the mine for this one. The weather was pretty strange. No problem going up but at the summit, the clouds moved in quick, it got fairly dark but it was as quiet and still at the top as I've ever witnessed. Very strange. It downpoured as soon as i got back to the truck. Perfect timing.
The rock was surprisingly solid on this route
Blake my 9 year old was sick from altitude sickness so we were 300 ft short of the summit.
Wow! the climb up was awesom with lots of good, fun, class 3 exposed climbing. we ended up descending some gnarly, snow filled couloir and hiking up pearl pass, back to cum. basin. a Very long day; 14hrs. hiking/climbing and a 1.5 hour hitch hike. ps. Lots of scary, loose rock!! bring a helmet
Very entertaining climb! Some intellegent college kids (yeah, they were my age) decided to find their way down the mountain by sliding down on trash bags. Horrible idea. One broke his femur and he had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter. Moral of the story: find a better way off the mountain :)
Fun snow climb and glissade when I did it-- unbelievable views of the Elks' fourteeners-- fun road if your vehicle can take two or three pretty nasty spots (if it can, you start at 12,800')
Biked from the Castle Creek road up to the highest trees in Montezuma basin. Fun hike and lots of glissading. The bike ride was gruelling, but a real blast coming down through the spectacular forest.
fun ridge, nice climb
Continued after Conundrum to Castle, descent of NE ridge. Awsome day on the mountain!
Snow in August!? Oh wait, it's Colorado's mountains, I guess it's no surprise. (I'm talking about snow falling from the sky, not already on the ground...there were both). I loved that ridge though - a little similar to the routes on the Bells with the rock type and the ledges, though obviously easier. What a view from the top! #45!
Great trip. My friends Matt, Luke and Lady accompanied me. Matt and I blazed an unnamed route up the class 3 gully to the climbers right of the Conundrum couloir, eventually topping out right next to the summit log. We then made the traverse to Castle in about 45 minutes, signed the log and ran as sideways snow began to pelt us. A couple hours later and back to camp enjoying a cold one. Cheers!
WAHOOOO baby!!! Third time is a charm!!! Finally, I conquered this "dumb" mountain that has "gotten the best of me" twice due to ICY, SNOWY conditions and weather! We saw the forecast for rain and decided that we were GONNA conquer it, so we started at 4:15am. After Castle Peak, we hopped over and bagged the "unofficial" Conundrum, then glissaded down. Once we hit the jeep, the downpours began.... we timed it just right!:-) P.S. If you start early (which you should considering this seems to be monsoon season), take crampons and an ice axe to climb up the snow- it made life a lot easier!
not a fan of the road but this was a decent hike. the ridge had nice views and there was some short fun stuff on the summit block. the snowfields made getting back to the road the best part of the day.