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Peak(s):  Conundrum Peak  -  14,060 feet
Post Date:  08/26/2012
Date Climbed:   08/12/2012
Posted By:  spanish_biology

 Dangerous Route End of Summer   

We were hoping to climb just Conundrum Peak instead of Castle Peak first and then Conundrum. We took a trail straight up the saddle and over to Conundrum but what we didn't know was that this route is very dangerous during this time of year. There was very steep incline with either slippery dirt/shale or climbing across rock face. After consulting a book about the peak we learned that it is only safe to do this in the early summer when there is a snowfield that covers this rock-if you slip it is much safer to land in snow than rocks. Just wanted to give a heads up that this route is dangerous to do this late in the summer-if we redid it we would do the Castle/Conundrum peak climb over the saddle.

  • Comments or Questions

Agreed!     08/27/2012 13:44
I just did Castle and Conundrum on sunday after doing Pyramid on saturday and descending the saddle between Castle and Conundrum was sketchier and more dangerous than anything we encountered on Pyramid. I would definitely recommend going back over Castle or doing it when there is snow.


Seriously     08/27/2012 17:17
I did Castle & Conundrum a couple weekends ago and saw people descending at the saddle. Seriously a dumb decision in my opinion with no snow. I re-ascended Castle, and on our way down we heard rockfall contiually in that saddle and the route downward.


Couldn't agree more!     08/28/2012 17:12
A couple years ago we descended the saddle late in the summer. In fact, I think it was September. It was one of the sketchiest and dumbest things we have ever done on the mountain.

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