Peak(s):  Conundrum Peak  -  14,060 feet
Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  06/07/2010
Date Climbed:   06/05/2010
Author:  Boggy B

 Conundrum & Castle via "Conundrum Couloir"  

SP photo album and mini-TR here:


 Comments or Questions

02/05/2011 00:22
”Dan Go Up. Dan Go Down.”

Dang! I‘m jealous. Nice trip, guess I should have taken you up on it! (But I‘d already committed... ) Our weather‘s looking funky for this weekend. Oh well.

Hey, did you guys need snowshoes for the way back?

Excellent write up, and great photos! Thanks for the beta.


Great Day
06/07/2010 16:45
We were the group of three who met you coming off Castle while you were going up. We saw you start glissading and also saw the slide. Great Pictures. It was a great day up there.

James Scott

Snow Gear?
06/07/2010 18:29
What snow gear did you need for the trip up? These peaks are calling me, but I want to wait until I can get them without snowshoes and ice axes. Is it time, or do I wait a couple more weeks?


06/07/2010 19:03
Are either of these mountains still skiable? If so how much vert would you say you get?

Boggy B

06/07/2010 19:45
Jim, it would have been great to have you join us. We carried the snowshoes to the summit and back. The snow is pretty well consolidated a few inches down. We did posthole briefly in a few spots

dcbates, you guys had an awesome climb. Congrats on the summit!

James, the northeast ridge route on Castle is doable without snowshoes/axes. But you‘ll miss out on some incredible glissading!

hberry, check with dcbates above. We were watching their ski descent and it didn‘t look very fun.


Not the greatest ski
06/07/2010 21:37
I was with dcbates skiing the same day. At the end of the day I didn‘t think it was worth taking the ski gear up at all. We climbed the N.Couloir on Castle and it is starting to get thin. I didn‘t even want to bother with it and just skied the saddle down. The best turns of the day were on the ”headwall” and that was short. I am guessing we got about 1500 vert and maybe 1.5 miles of skiing but maybe a little more.


Nice and timely...
06/08/2010 04:06
I‘ll be up there this weekend. Your photos and short but sweet story help set expectations. Thanks for posting the great photos and beta.

Boggy B

06/08/2010 15:32
kimo, glad you found it helpful. by the way your photography is amazing!


06/09/2010 03:40
How rough is the road up to the top TH? I have a small car that would sit at the bottom and was wondering if I could mountain bike up the road to save some hiking and time.

Is it super rocky? Do you have any pictures?

Thanks for any help!

Boggy B

didn‘t get any photos...
11/30/2010 17:28
... of the road. It was pretty rocky though, from a driving perspective. I'm not sure if there are ways around the rocky spots (probably?). Worth a try IMO.

But you would park it probably before you get to the cabin near 10600‘ as there are large drifts covering the road

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