Montezuma Basin beckons
One of many avy chutes one must cross along the road. The snow is firm this day.
Ken, Jean, and Teri's camp
The sun shines on Montezuma
Road traverse across the south slopes of Malamute.
Amazing how little snow there is in the Elks, a range that typically gets hammered.
Sun over Greg Mace Peak.
This ram sent a rock down my way!
Nice view across the valley
Lower slopes of Castle.
This is why you don't try this route when conditions aren't stable! Avy chutes abound on the south slopes of Malamute and the road crosses right under them. The biggest risk today was watching for falling rock.
Upper Montezuma Basin. The route I take is the gully left of center to the upper basin.
Nice view of Conundrum
Looking back at Malamute.
First view of the northeast ridge. If you look closely, you can see Ken on the ridge.
A look at the standard route, which is a no go today as it looks loaded.
The scoured nw slopes/ne ridge of Castle.
A look at the ne ridge from where the trail crests it.
A bit of scrambling.
A somewhat exposed section that is benign in summer.
Ken's group nearing the summit.
Looking across the se face.
Ken's group at the crux.
Looking west to the other Elks 14ers from the summit.
Conundrum and Cathedral
Conundrum is up next.
John makes his way up the ne ridge.
Looking down the loaded standard route from the saddle.
Castle from Conundrum
Nearing the summit of Conundrum
Looking down the Conundrum Couloir. I still need to do this cool snow climb.
Castle from the top of the couloir.
Basking in the warm sun on the summit of Conundrum.
Another shot of the Bells, etc.
John tops out!
John enjoying the winter views.
Heading back up Castle.
Looking down the crux.
Teri on a short narrow section.
Nice view of the Conundrum Couloir.