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 Post subject: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:46 pm 
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On Sat. 11/15/08 my brother and I decided to have a go at one of the 14ers. Since the Montezuma Basin is one of the only spots around that has both real terrain and enough snow to ride on, we geared up and went for it. Our day started by leaving CB at 4am for the 4 hour drive to the old mining road that would serve as our skintrack for the days events. We started skining at 10,300' and after roughly six hours of ascending reached the summit of Conundrum peak at 14,060'. This was the first run of the year for both of us and I can't imagine a better way to kick off the season.
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Scenics from the mining road.
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The Conundrum couloir and our route to 14,060. Luckily a couple of skiers were about 20 minutes ahead of us, so we gladly used thier bootpack.
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Back down the to the bottom from just above the choke.
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Almost there.
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Success.
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Castle Peak (14,265'), a little more snow and this baby will be ready as well.
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My bro about to have a whiz over one of the best views you'll find anywhere :mrgreen: .
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Here are a couple of photos from the descent. Not too many action shots because after we exited the couloir and decended the headwall it was mostly a 6 mile long green run back to the waiting truck.
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Our tools.
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My bro entering the choke.
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Me on the lower section of couloir.
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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 8:23 pm 
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Nice dude! :thatrocks:

Looks like a great line. Congrats on first turns! :)


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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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Nice dude. It's cool split with your brother.


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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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Nice - way to get out and get the goods!

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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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Sweet!

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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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Nice work. Conundrum is a classic. Did you have trouble with any rocks down on the apron? How was the snow? Its been hot as hell up here all week.

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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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No issues with rocks. We didn't ride it all the way to the lake, we made a hard left and rode straight down the lower headwall. Snow wasn't as good as we'd hoped, pretty hard and punchy in places. All in all it was a great way to start off the season.


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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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man, I love winter. Nice pics.

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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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not a bad way to kick off the season, looks like a really fun line.

also looks like a nice line over there on castle.

just curious, about how many vertical ft. are those couloirs?


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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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Sickter! Great work boys and nice props to Venture.


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 Post subject: Re: TR: Conundrum Peak (14,060') 11/15/08.
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Good job!


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