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smudgeRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: November 17, 2004  Sucess!

smudge

Great Mountain....I have never heard anyone mention the views from up there...AMAZING....you can see so far in all directions....even to the Crestone's!

It was a fun day...long but fun....I made it a day trip from Estes...next time I'll camp.

I only saw two other people the entire day...I felt special to have this popular mountain virtually to myself!
Posted Nov 18, 2004 11:13 pm

bakcastRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: March 1999, May 2000  Sucess!

bakcast

I've always enjoyed this mountain because its always been a nice day when I've hiked it.
Posted Nov 17, 2004 9:43 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: August 23, 2002  Sucess!

csmcgranahan

Started pre-dawn and was alone on the summit for about 15 minutes before heading down. On my way down, passed at least 100 people going up. Start early!!
Posted Oct 31, 2004 6:31 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: West Ridge via Fletcher Date Climbed: September 3, 2004  Sucess!

Ed F

The West Ridge is a really fun scramble. I don't think I found the easiest route, but the difficulty never exceeded Class 4 the way I went. Strangely enough, there was nobody on the summit that day.



I would advise a helmet on this route for sure. The rockfall isn't a big danger, but there are a few spots where a short fall could really bash your head. (There are also a few spots where a helmet wouldn't matter anyway....)
Posted Oct 24, 2004 4:08 pm

ripper333Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: feb 2000
caught in a crazy storm. tent collapsed in the nite.

Posted Oct 24, 2004 3:29 pm

Trevor SimmonsRoute Climbed: Monte Cristo - East Ridge Date Climbed: October 17, 2004  Sucess!

Trevor Simmons

After camping the night about 1 mile up the trail, we summitted around noon on October 17. The climb was made difficult by icy trails and strong winds, but well worth it, as always.
Posted Oct 19, 2004 1:22 am

mr_gRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: May 30, 1999  Sucess!

mr_g

Hiked the standard route from Monte Cristo, which was a nice, gentle climb along the east slope area. The snow was soft on the way down, which did not allow us to glissade. Too bad - we ended up postholing most of the way back down.

Posted Oct 12, 2004 11:01 am

mr_gRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: March 4, 2000  Sucess!

mr_g

I went with three others, two of which were going to snowboard down the east slopes once we reached the summit. This was my second climb of Quandary, and I brought a video camera to film the snowboarders.

Since I was not carrying any extra gear, I made the summit in good time, but the others dragged and never made it. They did get up over 12,000 feet, so I was able to film some portions of their descent. The weather was great and the snow very fine! I also filmed a skier who cruised down the entire slope.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:08 am

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Inwood Arete Date Climbed: 9 Oct 2004  Sucess!

bc44caesar

Climbed the direct version free solo - reached the summit after 3.5 hours. Snow and ice made things a little dicey!
Posted Oct 11, 2004 8:31 pm

eurobeerRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Sept. 11, 2004  Sucess!
Good hike. Extremely busy peak. We were first to sign summit log, but then passed the swarms of people as we descended.
Posted Sep 13, 2004 1:28 pm

pusdkq6eeRoute Climbed: Quandary Trail Date Climbed: August 15 2004  Sucess!

pusdkq6ee

It is not a class 1 trail, according to the hiking book. It is rocky at the last half. Belowe the treeline, it is a easy hike. All the 14 er are beautifull on the peak. I enjoye this hike.
Posted Aug 30, 2004 4:33 pm

flyinghighpeteRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 22, 2004  Sucess!

flyinghighpete

Got up to the summit and then jogged down as it started to sleet. Took about 3 hours. Great hike!
Posted Aug 24, 2004 12:31 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Late '70's  Sucess!

Saintgrizzly

Another of those peaks done by Aaron and I when just starting our mountaineering days. I don't remember much about this one, except I liked it (I liked them all...).
Posted Aug 10, 2004 8:41 pm

myroneRoute Climbed: Quandary Trail Date Climbed: August 1,2004  Sucess!

myrone

Started up at 6:30AM and reached the summit at 8:40. Lots of cars at the trailhead yet only 4 people on top. Great views in every direction although hazy from the Nucla wildfire. Perfect weather, stayed at summit about 30 mins then back down by 11:05, lots of people. My first 14'er and a great way to spend the morning!
Posted Aug 3, 2004 8:15 pm

DaFreshmanRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 8/1/04  Sucess!
2nd time on this route. VERY fun...and really only dicey in a very few select places. Route finding isn't really all that terrible so long as you remember: when in doubt, go HIGH.



As with all non-standard routes on the 14ers, the solitude of the route makes any difficulities worth while Especially on this peak - the East ridge is a CATTLE DRIVE these days.
Posted Aug 3, 2004 6:26 pm

jhansen007Route Climbed: East Ridge -- (In the moonlight) Date Climbed: August 1, 2004  Sucess!

jhansen007

Who says you can't have solitude on a popular peak like this one. Last night was a completely full moon and the weather was supposed to be great so I couldn't pass up a chance for a night hike. I started on the trail shortly after midnight. The sky stayed clear, there was virtually no wind, it was "relatively" warm, the trail was deserted, the moon was so bright I didn't need a headlamp above treeline. What more could you ask for? (Well, maybe a cute girl hiking with me, but you can't have everything in life). I reached the summit by 3:30 (stopped to take pictures several times). I stayed on the summit for 2 hours taking pictures. What a cool experience. Didn't see any other people until I headed down. Ok, so the East Ridge route is pretty boring, but doing it in the dark added a little excitement to it.
Posted Aug 1, 2004 4:15 pm

shanrickvRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 25, 2004  Sucess!

shanrickv

I had the pleasure of climbing with two of my employees, Emily and Stacy. For their first 14'er, they did a great job. The East Ridge was class I/II and not very challenging. There were 50 - 100 people on the summit at any one time.
Posted Jul 25, 2004 11:21 pm

Andrew McKenzieRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!

Andrew McKenzie

Parked at the Blue Lake Trailhead and proceeded around to the west ridge. This ridge is rated class 3, but is very well beaten and more like class 2 up until a couple hundred feet from the summit. We saw some other climbers on the ridge who seemed lost and were headed well below the ridge to avoid the scramble at the top. My advice to to keep the ridge as much as possible. There are only one or two moves with sketch factors above 5 (my personal scale for danger). Just remember that it is not so bad when you take it one hold at a time! We descended the East Ridge and then hiked back up the road to the car. A very nice loop, approx. 8 miles round. Cheers!
Posted Jul 19, 2004 2:44 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: south slopes Date Climbed: July 1972  Sucess!

Larry V

This was the first of five 14er climbs my family did that week in July, following my graduation from high school. Great memories!!
Posted Jul 13, 2004 12:04 am

awillsonRoute Climbed: Cristo Coulior Date Climbed: August 8, 2002  Sucess!

awillson

This is a short but steep class 2+ route. Climbed with my 2 brothers.
Posted Jul 8, 2004 9:54 am

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