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Sarah SimonSoutheast Ridge via Blue Lakes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

Sarah Simon

This is probably one of my favorite mountain hikes EVER. The approach full of hanging lakes is just mind-blowing. Heavy snow fields. Just an amazing day. The weather held off for us, too; all we got was a sprinkle of rain, despite early-building clouds. Climbing Partners: Janet & Pazit
Posted Aug 5, 2007 10:01 pm

seth@LOKIAfter three tries!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2007


I've approached Fletcher 3 times and turned back from a blizzard from Blue Lakes, and thwumping avalanches from the Mayflower Gulch side. This I climbed teh rock rib left of teh main gulley from Mayflower Gulch. The rocks were slick as snot from perpetual rain the night before. Clouds rolled in and turned me away from Driftwood, but the clouds seemed stable as I descended so I went up the green south wall of Atlantic Peak nad onto Pacific, then a quick visit to the cute little green horn on the way back to Mayflowwer Gulch.
Posted Jul 26, 2007 12:34 pm

GahugafugaShould've skied  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2007


After having to turn back due to high winds last year, came back to claim Fletcher. I climbed some random chute in the cirque along the SE ridge approach. It got ridiculously steep near the narrowest point but made for pretty good practice. I wish I had brought skis, I could've been done in 3 hours roundtrip.
Posted Jun 10, 2007 6:24 pm

volda2000Northwest Face via Mayflower Gulch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2007


A great snow climb! The views as you top out on the saddle are wonderfull.
Posted May 21, 2007 11:39 am

ElliottDavisEast Ridge from Quandary; 7 am is fine on top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2004


Damn, I like getting up early! No one around, just the pikas and me.
Posted Jun 26, 2006 3:46 am

Big Skies 808A solo summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2004

Big Skies 808

Summit to myself after traversing from Drift Mountain, on route to Quandary via the West Ridge.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 6:54 pm

Brian KaletSoutheast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 16, 2006

Brian Kalet

Skied from the summit, then continued to Quandary Peak.
Posted Apr 17, 2006 3:39 pm

altitude14erSoutheast Ridge via McCullough Gulch Trailhead  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2005


I would definitely rate the rige connecting Quandary and Fletcher as Class 3. It was primarily easy but a little hairy in two spots. I only saw one other hiker on the summit journey. Fletcher Mt'ns east face is totally spectacular on the approach! I have a photo of it in my image gallery.
Posted Mar 17, 2006 5:05 pm

markhyamsSE Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2003


A nice alternative to the area. Check it out.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:32 pm

Timothy PearlWest Face Winter  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2006

Timothy Pearl

With Eric Holle, great practice on rope work and route finding. What we call Black and Tan Gully on west face. Lots of snow and loose rock. Nice views! 11 hours.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 2:34 pm

Mountain JimStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1996

Mountain Jim

Solo ... late afternoon light on the summit was sublime.
Posted Mar 3, 2006 4:58 am

Eric HolleRoute Climbed: Black & Tan Gully, West Face Date Climbed: Feb. 27, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2006

Eric Holle

Approached from Mayflower Gulch with Timothy Pearl, up to the base of the West face. Busted up one of the gullys, back and forth over some of the aretes, and up to the summit at about 5pm. Fletcher for sure this time, not Drift Pk. like last week.
Posted Feb 28, 2006 2:26 pm

chicagotransplantRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 28, 2004  Sucess!


Fresh snow on the trail in the morning, and its still only August!
Posted Jan 9, 2006 8:42 pm

mntnplayRoute Climbed: SE Ridge via Blue Lakes Date Climbed: 23 October 2005  Sucess!


A slathering of early season unconsolidated graphite paved the way to the small, rime-encrusted summit. Incredible views from the crows nest. Quite comfy at 25F with low winds.
Posted Oct 24, 2005 1:17 am

jrfRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 5, 2005  Sucess!


Cool summit. It still looked like winter when we climbed on this particular day. We had some nice glissades on the way back down. The last 1000 feet was basically solid snow climbing. The last 75 feet horizontal to the summit was a little scary along the top of the ridge with the snow but it was over quickly.
Posted Oct 4, 2005 4:13 pm

crzyjtRoute Climbed: Blue Lake TH to Quandary saddle Date Climbed: May ?, 2004  Sucess!


Fun trip. Tried to summit Quandary afterwards, but storm sent us retreating down couloir to North about 300 yards or so from the Summit.
Posted Oct 2, 2005 1:55 pm

mdavenport2Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge via Blue Lakes Date Climbed: June 5, 2005  Sucess!


Perfect late spring day with a nice mixture of snow fields and tundra. Upon entering the basin on the miners trail, I went immediately up onto the ridge on the west side of the basin rather than climb the headwall of the basin. This made for a nice rolling climb and avoided any avalanche danger.

The ridge to the summit had several cornices over the dramatic northeast wall of Fletcher. I gave those plenty of clearance. Plenty of snow on the summit ridge which is quite exposed to the north. What a beautiful mountain!

Fletcher is normally a lonely place, but a group of 8 climbers followed me 100 yards behind and joined me on the summit. We were the only ones to climb it and made the summit at the same time.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 6:23 pm

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: South East Ridge Date Climbed: June 29, 1985  Sucess!


Rather than following the route up the gentle ridge to the left, we stayed in the center of the drainage that leads to the saddle between Fletcher and Quandary. There are several steeper "steps" in this gulch that held nice snow fields for a nice "mixed" climb, alternating between snow and tundra. On the descent these snow slopes made for fine glissades.
Posted Feb 7, 2005 1:40 pm

miztflipRoute Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: October 17, 2004  Sucess!


Great hike to an impressive summit without anyone besides my hiking partner. Some wind packed snow above the Fletcher/Quandry saddle but still no problem. Great views of the surrounding areas. Highly recommended to avoid the crowds.
Posted Oct 17, 2004 5:53 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Blue Lakes Dam Date Climbed: September 3, 2004  Sucess!

Ed F

A great climb in perfect solitude. The route following the small stream past the many lakes above treeline is a fantastic tour through some beautiful hanging valleys. I did the West Ridge of Quandary to round out the day, and I didn't see a soul until the peak of Quandary. I descended the Monte Cristo Couloir to Blue Lakes, which I highly discourage because it's so eroded and loose. I'd either descend the East Ridge and walk to the dam or descend the West Ridge if I did this again.
Posted Sep 5, 2004 1:34 pm

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