The first true test of Strength and Power on my journey will come Sunday as I attempt the 15 mile, 5,000 foot climb up Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak. This Class 3 climb will challenge what I have learned so far about resource management and pacing. Even though it will be a Sunday, this 14’ers is one of the fewer traveled mountains in the area due to the length and difficulty. For this reason, I will need to be exceptionally careful.
Castle Peak gets its name from its castellated summit. A key feature of the climb is the year around “Montezuma Glacier” which sits along the route. Conundrum Peak is a northern subsummit of Castle Peak. It is half a mile north of Castle Peak, and has 200 feet of clean topographical prominence. This does not meet the usual 300 foot prominence criterion to be an officially separate peak, so I will be checking off my second “*” peak of the 58 actual 14ers (53 official peaks).