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"The Castles" route info needed

Postby Scott Rogers » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:44 pm

Hey All, Long time no see!

I know this is a long shot and chances are I'll just have to show up and do some routefinding, but I was wondering if anyone has any info on climbing "The Castles" by West Elk Peak, viewable from Storm Pass:

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as seen in this wonderful trip report here: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=4635

Anyway, this place has caught my eye as a beautiful location for an 'ahem' ...adventure... Any useful information is much appreciated!

Thanks,
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Re: "The Castles" route info needed

Postby TomPierce » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:36 pm

Hey Scott,
I have not climbed these and thus have no beta to share. But they are on the unranked 5th class peaks list on Lists of John; no one has recorded an ascent on that website. That doesn't mean too much, I've climbed stuff on LoJ with no recorded ascents that I know for a fact had previously been climbed. But still, probably very rarely ascended, if at all. There is some discussion over on LoJ about which is the higher of the formations (they are broken down by The Castles-East, the Castles-West). If you go and try to ascend I'd love to see a TR. Good luck, be safe.
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Re: "The Castles" route info needed

Postby Scott Rogers » Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:05 pm

Thanks Tom,

I've got a talented group of climbers coming with me, so I'll be sure to put a report together of the adventure. Hope it all works out.

Also,
Bump, if anyone has any info to share.

Happy Friday,
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Re: "The Castles" route info needed

Postby Brian C » Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:01 pm

Looking forward to hearing about this! I was planning on scoping it out but have yet to get over there. Good luck!
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Re: "The Castles" route info needed

Postby DaveLanders » Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:05 pm

You might check with the outdoor shops in Gunnison and Crested Butte. I heard a story years ago that
one of them had a notebook with route info, but I have no idea which shop that was. I'm looking
forward to reading your trip report.

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Re: "The Castles" route info needed

Postby gb » Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:23 pm

Your best bet for any info is probably crested butte mountain guides.

All I've ever heard locally is "really really bad rock". Even for our standards. Beautiful formation, though, I'd love to get on top of one of them myself. Good luck!

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