Peak(s):  Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  09/06/2019
Date Climbed:   09/05/2019
Author:  Maximus6004

Still a lot of snow fields, but the trail was pretty easy to follow. Thunderstorms weren't supposed to come in until late afternoon, and once we summited conundrum and turned around we saw the rain just over castle peak so we started hustling down conudrum. The exit on the standard route looked pretty intimidating on the descent a lot of loose rocks and dirt. however after my friend went down, it was my turn and half way down we started hearing thunder and it got closer and closer so i started rushing. some of the big rocks along this descent looked stable but i put my foot there and it came loose i lost my footing and i went sliding down. then i hit the snow and picked up more speed until the gravel stopped me. its not as bad of a descent if you can take your time and stick to the left once you get to the first drop. more holds and places to climb down than the right side. people have made but slides down the other two snow fields for a quick descent. However my friend and I got caught in a very violent thunderstorm it struck conundrum peak and the fields around us. rain down poured it hailed it snowed and i found myself hiding behind a rock getting drenched hoping i'd live until tomorrow. found myself running through areas that smelt so burnt like fire. tips. make sure you give yourself enough time the 4x4 road is long and exposed its not fun when in a storm.

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