Great trip, fall weather, nice and sunny, warm at the trailhead and freezing above timber line. Golden leaves of Aspens. Great weekend.
I scrambled from Cathedral Lake up unnamed 13,828' and then traversed the 2nd - 4th class ridge-line to summit Conundrum Peak and Castle Peak. I was also hoping to summit Cathedral Peak from the ridge-line on 13,828, but did not have time. I descended via the main hiking trail on Castle Peak. The ridge between 13,828 and Conundrum Peak was a blast, including several towers to navigate over/around.
Started at about 4:20am and summited Castle via the Northeast Ridge at about 7:30am or so. Then traversed over to Conundrum. Descended via the saddle through the nasty scree - it was only really bad for a hundred feet or so - the rest was just frustrating and tedious.
The weather held for us, so it was a no-brainer for us to enjoy he little sidewalk in the sky over to Conundrum. Ate some lunch and snapped bomber Elk range photos before backtracking over Castle for the descent. With Cheryl and Jill.
Climbed in conjunction with Castle. Summited both peaks during the storm. UNGODLY cold (-8F to -13F) and windy. Sun came out just as we crested the summit of Castle. That was wicked cool! First 14ers of the winter season.
From Castle on a crystal clear day.
Great day and great views.
June still feel like winter sometimes.
Hiked from the springs. Long day scrambling
A great traverse on a perfect fall day. Fresh snows surrounded us and was on all the ridges.
Climbed the couloir,went up to the top then traversed over to castle and back down. Fun snow climb.
The traverse from Castle was very short (I think only an hour) and the views were fantastic.
fun, with tyler, our first couloir
This area is much better to climb when it has snow, the remnants of the snowfields are all ice and loose talus rock by this point in the season: not recommended.
on a perfect september day
Fun and exciting! Cool cornice at the top. Experienced the best snow conditions I've ever climbed in.
With no vehicle, hiked in from camp at the beginning of the 4wd road. Climbed 5th class slabs from a notch in the North Ridge to the summit of Conundrum. Traversed to Castle and screed down to a good glissade and finally back to the road.
Gorgeous day with a fun glissade! Mike Priddy joined me.