Castore/Castor Climber's Log

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maria grazia s

maria grazia s - Apr 10, 2004 4:03 am

Route Climbed: NW starting from Ref. Teodulo and coming down to reg. Sella Date Climbed: July 1978  Sucess!

Very nice conditions

Pierre smetsers

Pierre smetsers - Oct 5, 2003 5:11 pm

Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: 5th august 2002  Sucess!

very nice

flearreta

flearreta - Sep 20, 2003 9:27 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route via Val d' Ayas Hut Date Climbed: August 13, 2003  Sucess!

Departed with fellow climber Ricardo from Val d' Ayas Hut (above Quintino Sella Hut) at around 5:00 AM. Worked our way up the Glacier and arrived to the foot of the Castor in about 1.5 hours. It is a short climb from there, however there is a tricky 25-meter, 40-45º ice wall before reaching the final ridge to the summit so it can get crowded and slow (take a couple of ice screws). Once you've reached the snow ridge, keep your coolness and don't look down to the sides, just concentrate on your feet. Don't think about doing this ridge without a rope.

Samuli Mansikka

Samuli Mansikka - Aug 31, 2003 2:01 pm

Route Climbed: West-north west -Flank Date Climbed: 13th august 2003  Sucess!

After a badly sleepen night (because of the snowfalls from both Pollux and Castor) in the Zwillingsjoch we started early and climbed the normal route to the summit.

The final ridge was beautyful and pretty aerial. Summit itself was crowded with climbers from Italian huts.

jsurinx

jsurinx - Aug 29, 2003 1:43 am

Route Climbed: WNW-Flank Date Climbed: 12 Jul 2002  Sucess!

We ( Tim and I) stayed overnight at the Rossi and Volante bivouac hut and started with the Castor and after that we also climbed his twin Pollux via the SW-ridge.Nice Day !!

Pontius - Jul 22, 2003 9:57 am

Route Climbed: Traverse from Klein Matterhorn to Quintino Sella Date Climbed: 14th July 2003  Sucess!

Good day, very hot on top and ridge nice and narrow.

Interesting Mountain and great views.

Good prelude to other more difficult peaks in the area.

estura - Jul 10, 2003 3:27 am

Route Climbed: normal route from Rif. Sella Date Climbed: august 2002  Sucess!

An easy peak with a nice view. We had a perfect day, and very good snow conditions. The only difficulty were a few meters on the final ridge, a bit exposed.

zaryba

zaryba - Dec 31, 2002 12:03 am

Route Climbed: Traverse from Grenzgletscher over Passo del Nasso to Zwillingsjoch Date Climbed: August 2002  Sucess!

We reached this beautiful snow peak in late afternoon, thus without people, after long route from Grenzgletscher (and unsuccessful atempt on Lyskamm traverse), over Passo del Nasso and via normal route from Rif. Q. Sella. Descent to Zwillingsjoch where we camped in our tent (nice place with amazing views but rather windy). Next day we saw another tent 10 min. further in direction to Kl. Matterhorn (just under the Pollux normal route) on good, windless place.

buxlex

buxlex - Oct 27, 2002 6:48 am

Route Climbed: From Sella - Felik Date Climbed: 5-6 October 1996  Sucess!

Two perfect days. No wind, no haze ... only Bettaforca's Chair lifts were closed (we were in October there), and get up/back from/to Stafal (Gressoney la Trinitè) was tremendous!

Farmer

Farmer - Oct 9, 2002 11:59 am

Route Climbed: normalroute from bivacco rossi e volente Date Climbed: aug 96  Sucess!

Short and easy tour from bivac about 2h.....

Perfect view at sunrise. Same day we climbed its little brother Pollux.

Chandra

Chandra - Sep 22, 2002 6:31 am

Route Climbed: normal route from Rif. Quintino Sella Date Climbed: July 8th, 2002  Sucess!

We had a perfect day. The weather was so good that even Monviso seemed to be in the nearby neighbourhood.

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Sep 10, 2002 2:50 pm

Route Climbed: SW-flank and traverse to Sella hut Date Climbed: August 8th 2000  Sucess!

In the morning we had climbed the Pollux. Climbing the steep slopes of the Castor in the strong sun at noon was not really funny. On the summits big clouds occured and we hurried down to the Sella hut to avoid getting into a thunderstorm.

kletterwebbi

kletterwebbi - Sep 5, 2002 11:44 pm

Route Climbed: WNW-Flank Date Climbed: 1. September 2002  Sucess!

Only a few hours of good weather allowed us to reach the summit. Less people but a lot of new snow. Nice route, especially the final summit ridge is somewhat exposed.

Tom Fralich

Tom Fralich - Aug 25, 2002 8:45 am

Route Climbed: WNW Flank Date Climbed: August 25, 2002  Sucess!

Set off to climb despite two days of bad weather in Zermatt and more in the forecast. Conditions were OK initially, but a bad storm hit just as we reached the bottom of the face. Visibility was minimal and there was no track, which made navigating the glacier somewhat difficult. We reached the foresummit (4205 m) after some steep ice climbing and found very poor snow conditions on the summit ridge (lots of new, poorly consolidated snow, blown into a sharp knife edge by the wind). We started towards the summit but turned around about 15m short, having deemed the conditions too dangerous to allow a safe descent. The storm worsened as we returned to the Klein Matterhorn and on the Breithorn plateau visibility was limited to about 10m. It's easy to see how people have become lost there and died only a few hundred meters from the cable car.

Gertiño - Jul 21, 2002 10:09 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: 7 july 2002  Sucess!

Coming from the Rifugio Guide de Ayas, we reached the summit around 9 AM.



Perfect weather conditions with a wonderful view.



Further down to Rifugio Quintino Sella.

Luidger

Luidger - Dec 15, 2001 2:36 am

Route Climbed: Italian normal route Date Climbed: 08/14/1999  Sucess!

My first alpine 4000m-peak. Relatively easy glacier trip.

The snow ridge is a bit exposed. Perfect views of Monviso, Gran Paradiso, Mt. Blanc, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, ...



schadik

schadik - Nov 25, 2001 6:07 am

Route Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: 1999  Sucess!

just one more 4000 on the Monte Rosa tour.

Oyvind Lind Petersen

Oyvind Lind Petersen - Sep 9, 2001 12:01 pm

Route Climbed: Kleine Matterhorn, south of Breithorn and Pollux Date Climbed: July 20 1999

I teamed up with a guide and a german guy. We had to stop at 4.000 meter because of the germans bad leg and my broken crampoon. I've be back.

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