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coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: March 31, 2001  Sucess!

coloradoiceclimber

Solid work by the stray dog that came out of nowhere at the lot and ended up on the summit with Jay and I a couple of hours later!!
Posted Apr 10, 2004 3:44 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 31, 2002  Sucess!

RyanS

We climbed Tabeguache the day before, but when we woke the next morning, we realized we needed to get another mountain "fix". We selected Quandary, and didn't leave the Denver area until after 9:00 a.m. We hit the trail at noon, and raced up to the summit. While we climbed, we passed scores of folks on their descent from the summit. There was one guy on the summit, and we chatted with him, while some storm clouds brewed nearby. This was the site of our closest call with lightning, and while I'm not proud of this moment, it was a good lesson to learn early on in our career. Even though the storm clouds weren't yet near, the summit memorial began to make a buzzing sound! Time to go! As we flew down the trail, I noticed that my trekking poles would buzz when they drew close together. Very freaky! We would never make the mistake of starting so late again, and we gained much respect for the mountains and their accompanying weather. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 9, 2004 12:52 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Quandry Trail Date Climbed: May 2001  Sucess!

Chris

Nice quick hike of a 14er. Good views of the Ten Mile range and surrounding mountains.



This is a good first 14er to try, fairly easy routefinding (once you get out of the trees its super easy), short, not a ton of elevation gain.
Posted Mar 22, 2004 10:11 pm

apierceRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: March 12, 2004  Sucess!

apierce

My first winter ascent. It seemed way longer on the way down, but conditions were perfect. Took six and a half hours total.
Posted Mar 16, 2004 7:51 am

NatashaRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: March 7, 2004  Sucess!

Natasha

Great views, near perfect weather
Posted Mar 11, 2004 1:54 pm

carloselbrusRoute Climbed: Normal . Winter Climb Date Climbed: Feb 22 2004  Sucess!

carloselbrus

Winter climb.
Posted Mar 2, 2004 11:10 am

carloselbrusRoute Climbed: Blue Lake Date Climbed: Aug. 02 , 2003  Sucess!

carloselbrus

My second attemp to climb this guly...
Posted Mar 2, 2004 11:09 am

Bill562Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Febraury 22, 2004

Bill562

Great climb with fellow SPers! Did Bierstadt on the previous day. Started with a crawl to avoid altitude sickness problems. As a result, ran out of time/good weather. Turned around at 13,800' . There is always another day/mountain.



Bill
Posted Feb 25, 2004 1:08 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2004  Sucess!

Nelson

A perfect winter day with a perfect group of SP'ers! It doesn't get any better.
Posted Feb 25, 2004 7:58 am

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: February 22, 2004  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Does it get any better than this? I thought climbing in the summer was beautiful, but it doesn't compare to doing a winter climb. I was awestruck by the beauty of this mountain. I will always be grateful for Quandary and my friends for this winter moutain experience.
Posted Feb 23, 2004 11:31 pm

gemgoddisRoute Climbed: Quandary Trail (Main trailhead) Date Climbed: March 2002  Sucess!

gemgoddis

This was my first 14er. It's amazing how far I've come. Believe it or not, I carried three 1 liter water bottles (2 were frozen), some granola bars, my lunch and a very thin wind breaker (not even waterproof). All of this in a $5 nylon back pack. Thank God I listened to my friends and purchased gators for this hike. Also, may I recommend; never EVER wear jean shorts when hiking a 14er ;)



Nothing but snow on the last ridge to the summit. It was the scariest experience of my life. With the wind trying it's best to force me over, all I could see was blinding white everwhere. Heaven forbid I look up at the deep blue sky! Major disorientation, but what a rush when I finally reached the top!!



As I have said many times, there are no words to describe this feeling. You have to experience it for yourself.



Any way after pictures and lunch on the summit it was time to descend. My friends had a great time glissading most of the way down (jean shorts don't slide...haha). Everyone thought it was real funny when I got stuck in hip deep snow....yeah right.



Anyway the whole trip was a blast and I was absolutely hooked after that.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 11:58 am

xskier77Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: December 6, 2003  Sucess!

xskier77

2nd time on Quandary. First winter 14er :) many more to come
Posted Feb 2, 2004 2:05 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: West Ridge the first time, East Ridge thereafter Date Climbed: July 22, 2000-November 17, 2001, January 12, 2003  Sucess!

JonBradford

Quandary Peak is a nice fourteener to have so close by. Its multiple routes and sweet summit view make it stand out as a keeper.

Jon
Posted Jan 13, 2004 12:51 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: east slopes Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

hhsilleck

Also climbed in November 2003 - bring snowshoes or skis in the early snow season!
Posted Jan 10, 2004 6:50 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Up the north face and down the south face, standard route Date Climbed: 7 December 2003, Feb 22 2004  Sucess!

chef007

Day started off really good, it was sunny an warm. That didnt last long though. When I was about 800 feet from the summit it started to snow and the wind picked up. This was nothing that I havent seen before but it still was a disapointment. Even though I had to break trail (1.5-3ft) and the weather turned bad I still made the summit in 3 hours. I was quite impressed with the view from the summit (insert sarcastic voice here). I started to go down the ridge to Flecher but lost one of my gloves half way up and was forced to go back down. I ended up going down on of the couloirs on Quandary, it was a nice slide down the mountain. It got really interesting when I hit the snow with ice on top of it and cut up my bare hand (thank god for first aid kits). Out of all of this I did learn a good lesson, DONT GO CLIMBING WITH A HANGOVER AND LITTLE WATER! It makes a relatively easy climb turn into a nightmare.



BTW: I did get relatively close to the 7 mountain goats that live up there ;-)



The second time was not much better than the first as far as getting tired and having to crawl a ways. I figure that I made it to around 13900 to 14000 ft, the weather was coming in and I didnt care to see a bunch of clouds AGAIN. I probably would have been able to make the summit but it didnt seem worth it to beat myself up trying to do so. Doing Bierstadt the day before just took it out of me, I couldnt do my normal pace. On the bright side half the day was of good weather and I did enjoy myself, plus I met a lot of new people.
Posted Dec 7, 2003 7:56 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Quandary Trial Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

bdewoody

Very easy.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:28 pm

jeffgunRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: September 30th, 2003  Sucess!

jeffgun

Finally climbed this one for the first time, with my wife Erin, on our first anniversary get away.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 1:37 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: October 1996  Sucess!

Nelson

Crisp, fall hike. Fresh snow, beautiful.
Posted Oct 23, 2003 8:22 am

belexesRoute Climbed: Quandary Trail Date Climbed: October 12, 2003
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2003

belexes

It was a crystal clear, beautiful day, but it was very windy and cold at the summit. A balaclava would have been useful on this day. There was only a light dusting of snow on the trail, nothing too difficult to deal with at this time.
Posted Oct 15, 2003 11:40 am

AndyRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: September 6, 2003  Sucess!

Andy

It was raining in Breckenridge when I drove through at 6:30, but by the time I hit the trail at 7:00 the rain had stopped. It was a pleasant hike to the summit though the views were obscured by clouds (this seems to be happening to me a lot lately).
Posted Sep 6, 2003 4:56 pm

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