Late June 2010, I teamed up with my regular 14er partners, Patrick and Robert to complete some unfinished business. The 14er combination of Castle, 14265', and Conundrum, 14060', stand outside of Aspen at the end of a long mining dirt road.
I had completed both in 2009, (see the reports for last year's Castle and Condundrum) while Patrick had climbed Castle with me and Robert had been thwarted twice for both peaks. So as a team, we took on the pair to check them both off once and for all.
The early summer of 2010 had been hot with periods of heavy snowfall in the upper elevations of the Colorado Rockies so we were not quite sure what to expect. We packed both crampons and snowshoes. The snow was spotty in places and absent on the ridge and summits. However, it was slushy in the basins so we were glad to have them.