Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  emiller6
 Date of Info:  07/19/2013
 Date Posted:  07/20/2013

Climb was great. Very little snow, only a few areas where a traverse across it was required. Snow held up well in the late morning - no posthole issues coming down. The climb of the northeast ridge to gain Castle summit was amazing, fun with a few ledgy sections with good scrambling and route finding opportunities. Ridge to Conundrum was equally as fun, albeit with looser rock. The only issue was coming off the saddle into the basin. There is about 200 feet between the saddle and top of the snow, so the going was dicey - loose dirt and scree all being channeled into small gulleys that had to be taken to get down. With more than one person, make sure others down the route have protection from runaway rocks and dirt that pick up speed quickly.

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