That tree climbing, though! My least favorite move was the chockstone in the chimney - bleh. So fun to be wandering the heights, rock gardens and gullets, while Memorial Day campers drank beer and below on Wellington Lake. Outstanding scenery! Great little mountain.
Went with Derek, Brian, Kevin, and Britt to get this. Mucho fun! Stayed and bounded around on the other summits - except for the one with the scary jump. Got up to it, but backed off.
This one was on my list for quite some time and it did not disappoint. Got in an accident with a motorcycle on the way to the climb after hitting S. Noddle Head. Decided to do the climb as my partner was in another car. Went up standard s.e. gully, then took the 5.5/5.6ish crack to the left of the tree route to the summit. Wish we had more time to explore the other summits more.
Direct approach via a "borrowed" canoe. A ton of fun! My climbing partners had already climbed the standard tree route to the summit so we tried something else - an offwidth crack on the south side of the summit that went at 5.6ish.
I decided to treat myself to a nearby warm weather peak. How nice not to languish off trail in thick trees and deep snow struggling up a steep slope. Instead I found myself languishing off trail in soft gravel & duff on a steep slope in the heat without any snow to scoop into my mouth because I didn't bring enough water. *sigh*
I couldn't quite reach the lip of the summit rock but I snagged some nubbin with the 8mm rap line and tied a foot loop to give me a leg up. I thought climbing the tree was the best part.
Mmm.. I think we did. I believe it was down on the ground, though. We actually went directly up the SW off-width, and then rapped off the summit block, and then we found the register. And then it snowed. So.. we didn't go back up and re-install it.
I thought the Castle was an awesome climb and scramble. The crux for me was definitely getting in and out of the tree to attain the summit - definitely would have liked a rope to rap down. I would definitely like to go back someday.
Beautiful mountain. Not sure that the climb is worth the approach. I found the climbing to be mostly broken, shrub filled class 3, with the class 4/5 climbing making up about 30 total feet. That combined with the $6/person fee and approach would deter me from returning. My wife and I didn't take a rope or gear and boy an I glad I didn't haul it up there.
The climbing was easy and straight forward for those comfortable on rock. The true summit although exposed is attained via perhaps two easy 5th class moves.
1 hour 50 minutes roundtrip.
This little guy I would not recomend doing without ropes HAHA. The decent was at best interesting. took a few nasty diggers and my partner almost took a leap of faith to the floor. Other than that a hell of a good day for my first outting in 2+ months
I've been wanting to get up there for 20+ years. Always tried going up the backside before and that's just too steep. Went up the SE gully with Kane and had better luck this time. Did a lot of "cheating" too. Aid climbed the 5.4 pitch, went up the tree, lassoed the summit block, etc.
Wow, what a climb! With the encouragement of my excellent lead, Kurt, I climbed three of the four summits surrounding the hanging gardens, including the true summit. An excellent day on the fringes of the Lost Creek Wilderness. A trip report is available here.
The snow made things way harder, in places the rock was very slick. I did make it to the east summit. Unfortunatly I didnt get but 2 photo's (the batteries went dead). Great climb! Now that I look at it I dont know if it was the SE gully that I climbed. I had to do a number of 5th class moves. Ryan's photo number 115216 shows more or less the route that I took.
I had been eyeing The Castle for two years, I finally went for it and made it. Although this is a short days work it is not an easy days work. I will go back and get the west summit, can't wait! I love the LCW.