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 Peak(s):  Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
Conundrum Peak  -  14,060 feet
 Post Date:  08/17/2009
 Date Climbed:   08/16/2009
 Posted By:  Ken Dammen

 Castle Peak Northeast ridge and Conundrum   

We hiked up from just below the foot bridge that crosses the river. Started at about 9900 feet which made it a pretty long hike. Weather was excellent all day. Crampons would have made the snow fields a little easier, but we used a hiking pole and kicked in steps with hiking boots. Some people turned around at the snowfield because they did not have an ice axe and crampons. We made our way up to the basin and climbed up the Northeast ridge. Fun climb up ridge...guidebook says class 2+, but I would call a couple of the spots class 3 due to the high exposure and hands required (nothing difficult though IMO).

The summit was nice, winds were high though. The register on top had been eaten by marmots probably. Matt and I met a couple of nice folks from Grand Junction with 2 labs. Dogs did real well on climb..only needed a little help on a couple of sections.

We pushed on and also summited Conundrum. There was a register on top of summit. We came back to the saddle and did a glissade down to the frozen lake. Glissade was fun, but you have to avoid the occasional rock..easy to control speed. Did a few more glissades down to the road. There was a track people were using to glissade down..we did that and it was cool. Made the long hike back to the car. Nice day after being turned back on Capitol peak on Saturday due to bad weather on top.

16th 14er 15th Colorado 14er.



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