Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge to Castle-Conundrum Couloir
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  carson_h
 Date of Info:  07/12/2012
 Date Posted:  07/15/2012

We used micro spikes on a short section of the ascent to the upper basin; however, this section was short and likely avoidable. There is very thin ice/snow only at the very bottom of the Castle-Conundrum couloir, and we cut out well before the snow. We did pull out axes for a glissade on the North side of the lower basin, but the snow was really soft and the axes were unnecessary. Summary: spikes and axes are still helpful, but you could probably live without them.

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