Peak(s):  Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
Post Date:  06/02/2009
Date Climbed:   05/28/2009
Posted By:  AlexMack


 Castle Peak North Face Couloir   

After a few days of hanging around the Castle Creek area and getting some firsthand beta from people coming down, I decided to head up to the Castle Peak area to check out the North Face Couloirs. I ended up climbing summiting and skiing (on my day-hike).
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Most of the road I was able to walk with hiking shoes. I'm sure things have changed in the few days after this, but the snowbanks that were on the road were solid for me, I barely postholed at all the whole hike. It was pretty easy to follow the footprints where the snow was already packed down. But mostly it was just walking the road and I got up the road quickly.
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This is probably close to where I put the skins on
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Checking out the headwall, rounding the road. The sidehill skinning wasn't the funnest thing ever but I was able to head straight and the snow wasn't acting funny at all. On that same spot on the right side someone spotted slide activity a few days later, but I was headed up the other side and this was triggered from south-facing slopes so I decided to continue.
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First view of the summit.
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Looking down the valley. I donned the skins on about the highest section of road in this picture, far to the left.
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Getting a good look at Castle Peak and the steepness of the couloir.
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Getting a look up Conundrum. Big slough slide. The north stuff was pretty good this day but most everything south facing looked pretty sketchy.
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Time to draw my sword (ok it's just an axe) pack the skis and head up.
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Looking across to Conundrum and down the N Couloir.
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Looking up the last snow scramble. At this point I was so focused and in the peak zone I would have summited with a pack of mountain lions on top.
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Happy to be at the top!! All I gotta do is catch my breath, take a few photos, and blaze down the couloir. Great run, enough of a wintery surface to make some great turns on. I was back to the road in no time flat.
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Back to slogging it down the road, at least I'm wearing normal hiking shoes again...and that's always more comfortable...
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And then I remembered I had a few cold Boulevard Wheats in the truck!!!!
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Thanks for reading, I'm sure conditions have changed since this so be careful out there!
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Missouri's N Couloirs next sometime soon????



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  • Comments or Questions
pioletski


I‘ll vote ya...
06/02/2009 18:40
... a few stars on that, nice beta and nice pix.


AlexMack


I wish I had better light!
06/02/2009 19:25
Well I‘ll be the first to admit the day wasn‘t much to speak for lightwise, but they aren‘t the worst snow pictures either.


skier25


Nice Skis
06/02/2009 19:45
I have Karmas too! Great pics as well


skibrendan

Nice
06/05/2009 18:29
I also have those karmas with Freeride bindings and blue skins. good job... battle ax adventures
Don‘t I know you from Summit County?



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