A fine day in the mountains
Got chased off Castle last June in a white-out and had to forego Conundrum. Second time was a charm this year with regular climbing partners Alan and Robert.
Snow is going fast, but got in a good snow climb up the couloir. Cornice still at the top, but posed no problem. Some rocks and mud cutting late in the day were more worrisome, as was softening snow.
This is an awesome snow climb and highly recommended! Incredible views of Castle on the way up. Once on top it's an easy scramble over to Castle. Start early and go right of the cornice.
Came up the Conundrum Couloir, awesome snow climb. A video and trip report are linked below.
Great snow climb up the couloir. A big storm chased us off , preventing plans to traverse to Castle.
Climbed after summiting Castle. Wrote a trip report on Castle Peak Climbers log.
An interesting looking mountain. But I liked it.
Castle/Conundrum 14er with my pops. Very memorable day.
A nice climb. Met denalibound up there, a very nice guy. Make sure you go to the right peak! (if you don't see the tube lying there keep going!) Started at 10,200ft, total 5,200ft vert per gps. Snow is going fast at top of snowfield to saddle. Conundrum couloir is still looking sweet, I thought about it, but I was alone, late, and it looked pretty steep. Climb from saddle is not as loose as Castle - which is nice. Some very fun mellow glissades to be had!
Drove the Montezuma Rd as far as I could. Started up at 7:00AM with a snow ascent to the saddle between Castle and Conundrum. Hiked the ridge up to Conundrum Peak and then back across to Castle Peak. Hiked the NE ridge of Castle Peak back down to the snow and glissaded to the road and back to the truck at 12:27PM. Fun day with perfect weather. My 37th 14'er............sweet!
Great day....the ridge was still snowy, but the wind was gusting.
Fun climb and ski
9/3/05 - Missed this summit on my first climb of Castle Peak and made sure to visit it on my return trip a few months later. Still have my eye on the Coundrum Couloir so chances are I'll be there again before too long.
12/26/11 - Winter ascent from Ashcroft. Traversed from Castle and then back.
8-22-07 second time climbing Conundrum. We didn't get Conundrum the last time we did Castle so we made sure to climb it this time.
8-29-09 another time climbing Castle and Conundrum. We reclimbed Castle this time instead of dropping down from the saddle.
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.