Peak(s):  Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
Conundrum Peak  -  14,060 feet
Post Date:  08/03/2009
Date Climbed:   08/01/2009
Posted By:  zeekzilch

 Crevasse video with audio from natural rockfall  

In the first YouTube video, below, you'll see inside one of the larger crevasse dangers directly beneath Conundrum Peak. Toward the end of this short video you'll hear a rock plunge into the depths - it was not moved or activated by me or anyone else - it was just natural freeze/thaw rock action...

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For this climb I was in a bit of a hurry to complete both peaks as it was my Dad's 75th birthday and I needed to get back to the Denver area. Nevertheless, I was so fascinated by the ring of crevasse features around the lake, at Montezuma Basin, that I had to stop and take a closer look. Since these large cracks are on a snowfield mixed with underlying rock they might have some other name? Either way, portions of the crevasse were 6 metres (20 feet) deep and could easily hurt an unaware glissader - Ive heard that somebody broke their leg in one, in the past year or two, but I'm not sure...
YouTube videos:
(If all you see here is a bunch of white space your employer is blocking YouTube videos - scroll further on down for the regular pix...)

    Rockfall inside a crevass

    Reaching the summit of Castle

    Hiking the saddle between Castle and Conundrum

    Reaching the summit of Conundrum

    The glissade down


    Signs at the start
    More signs
    Road 102 up to Montezuma Basin (looking down at it)
    Met "TerryLiv" on the way up...
    Conundrum as seen from across the basin

    Looking up at Castle Peak
    Getting closer to the top of Castle
    The saddle between Castle and Conundrum
    Fresh corn snow leftover from the previous night's storm
    Castle's summit block
    On top Castle with Conundrum behind me
    Strange water and crevasse feature between the two peaks
    Walking the saddle between the two peaks
    A closer look at the strange water and crevasse feature
    Hiking up the saddle to Conundrum
    A closer look at the trail along the saddle
    Hiking the saddle up to Conundrum
    On Conundrum's false summit
    Looking back at Castle from Conundrum
    Conundrum's true summit
    On top Conundrum with Castle behind me
    First entry in the new summit register: Happy Birthday Dad!
    Mountain axe as reference for the crevasse entrance
    Getting a closer look inside the crevasse
    This is the avalanche chute above the crevasse feature

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Good job!
03/04/2012 18:31
Your almost done Roger! I enjoyed the crevass video. How many do you have left now like 5 or 6?


Almost done...
08/04/2009 02:27

I have six more - you going up to Capitol with us on Saturday?



08/04/2009 02:37
That rockfall video is kind of spooky sounding, I wouldn‘t want to fall in there


Nice...I like the videos
08/04/2009 02:46
Hoping to hit this combo by the end of the summer. Nice report and the videos really add some texture to the report. Also, I don‘t feel so bad for breathing hard on top of summits.


To dcbates80911
08/04/2009 02:57
Thank you for the report note.

Nothing unnatural about breathing hard on a summit!

Of course when I did Kilimanjaro some of the porters weren‘t breathing hard at all - they were even smoking at 19,000 feet!



03/04/2012 18:31
No I won‘t be able to do capitol with you this weekend. Football has almost taken over...But i‘m climbing it tomorrow and wed.
Take care!


Damn the man....
08/04/2009 16:42
Damn the MAN for blocking videos at work Congrats on another.......beautiful day, no sideways rain like Mt. Wilson


I fell into one of those
08/05/2009 02:32
up to my knee when a snow bridge collapsed unexpectedly a few days before, and then spent at least ten minutes checking out the crevasses myself. Pretty cool stuff, no doubt.

spontaneous weekends

08/06/2009 18:50
Where did you start your glissade and was it above any crevasse?


Response to Spontaneous Weekends on the glissade
08/07/2009 03:12
I started the glissade in the middle of the saddle connecting Conundrum and Castle - maybe 50 feet down as that‘s where the snow started. I believe some have used the couloir, off Conundrum, but it appeared to be nearly 60 degrees and too steep for me!

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