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Ascent of Castle Peak on 2011-07-31

Climber: Donnie Puckle

Date:Sunday, July 31, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Castle Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14265 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

I climbed Castle with my fellow CMC BMS student, Marco. This was my first time in the Elks. We camped below site 3 along the road and hiked all the way from there. We started around 4:45AM and arrived at the summit at 9:30. We had planned to do Conundrum, but the clouds were already rolling in, and the glissade back into the basin looked pretty dodgy, so we had to be content with Castle only. We we able to hitch a ride from the uppermost parking lot back to our campsite. I'll be back sometime to do Conundrum, when snow conditions are better.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Northeast Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Castle Creek Road Site 3  
    Time:4 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics



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