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

Here's my personal web page about 14ers:

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!

   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here

Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2017®, 14ers Inc.