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Ascent of Castle Peak on 2015-07-18

Climber: glen mizenko

Others in Party:Nick
Date:Saturday, July 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Castle Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14265 ft / 4347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful hike up standard route. Parked (with a flat) just before the stream crossing. Early start meant very hard/icy snow crossings. Would have preferred to have an ice axe. We lost the route on the upper part of the ridge and chose to go right around an apparent column. This was a mistake - staying on the ridge (as we did on the descent) was very straightforward class 2+ scrambling with moderate exposure. Very loose descending the ridge to Conundrum but only on the upper part. Very short hike up Conundrum.

ON the return, we saw a guy glissading from the saddle with Conundrum toward the tarn. We took a look but the top 50' had melted out and the slope was very gravelly and steep and we went over the top of Castle the way we came. However, when we reached the snowfields at the base of the ridge, the snow was perfect for a glissade. I'd estimate nearly 1/2 mile in two large pieces. My GPS registered a maximum speed of 14 mph. Great fun.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4058 ft / 1236 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2+
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4058 ft / 1236 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:NE Ridge
    Start Trailhead:River Crossing on 4wd Road  10207 ft / 3111 m
    Time:3 Hours 24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Castle/Conundrum

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Castle Peak2015-07-184058 ft / 1237 m
2South Conundrum Peak2015-07-18755 ft / 230 m
Total Trip Gain: 4813 ft / 1467 m    Total Trip Loss: 4820 ft / 1469 m



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