This was my first time climbing Conundrum. I climbed Castle so since I was there I went over and got Conundrum as well.
I bagged the summit just before the 'winter' storm front moved over the Rockies! The clouds closing in on the Bells & Pyramid to my West was awesome. About a foot of poorly consolidated snow in Montezuma Basin. At times, I was in a white out :) Not the best day to be solo!
Fun couloir. great views of the Elk Range.
Traversed over from Castle and its northeast ridge. Descended the Castle-Conundrum saddle.
Over from Castle Peak. A great day for sure, but not enough snow. Next time I won't come in August.
Went by surprisingly fast. Nothing real big or exciting about this mountain. Nice views of Castle though.
Did the traverse and then came back to Castle to meet my friends who were just arriving at the summit of Castle. They were skeptical when I had told them I had already gone to the other peak and then come back already!
Traversed over from Castle. Descended via a glissade of the standard route.
The highlight for me was the 15 minute nap on top! A good day.
Nice steep couloir climb with some ice at the choke. Very windy.
Climbed and skied the Conundrum Couloir. It was cold and windy, so i wasn't sure if it was going to warm up or not, and since I also wanted to do Castle, I skied it when it was frozen. That choke is steep and narrow and not so much fun when it is icy!
Didn't make the summit, was my first unsuccessful attempt...gotta happen sometime right? My pontiac wasn't about to attempt going all the way, so we had an extra few miles on our hike...started so early that some clouds rolled through that looked questionable and we were off the trail. Of course once we got down it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day. I'll be back.
10/14/2006: South Ridge
10/25/2008: South Ridge (ascent); Conundrum Couloir (ski descent)
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
Short Trip from Castle. I love the glissade!
Climbed west basin between Castle and Conundrum. Miserable Rock!
I'm no Louis Dawson yet but I get around!
Climbed with Castle Pk. Glissade descent, wish I would have brought my axe.
Hiked as part of a two-fer with Castle. Crampons were helpful, but not necessary.
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.