My first real snow climb, and what fun! Never made it to Castle Peak as planned, but had a great introduction to the Elks! Weather was beautiful and clear, but later in the day it started to get annoyingly windy. Lots of skiers out today on the slope between Castle and Conundrum.
A fun snow / ice climb to the saddle between Conundrum and Castle. Had to do the last 200 feet or so to the saddle on the loose scree. Not fun! Ascended Conundrum, made the traverse to Castle, and then descended the north ridge. A nice tour.
An odd little peak, with no real summit to it. Though it gives you nice views of Castle, and its routes. Just gotta love the scrambling.
Eric J Lee
return trip, not having bothered back when i did castle. excellent glissading, even this late in the year. loose and nasty above the glacier, though.
Climbed up _before_ castle.
Castle seems very imposing from this vantage point, and we
were a little worried about the ascent.
However, it did not take much more than an hour to make the
Once we were on top of Castle, it was easy to see how this
is considered a sub-peak, since it is very small, and seems to
simply be part of Castle's north ridge.
Why not stop by after Castle? PS Condundrum Hot Springs in December snow is a looooong tiring hike.
Came over from Castle via the saddle. A speedy glissade from the saddle back down! Fun, fun.
Fun little climb from the saddle after summiting Castle. There were several people around. A few even hoofed skis up. Nice small summit area.