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rcorby2Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: November 16th, 2002  Sucess!


A great winter climb that started from the Monte Cristo TH. Some may balk at calling this a winter climb, being it's only mid Novmeber; but 20 degree temps, 50mph (no exageration) winds, and enough snow to satisfy the abominable snowman, I'd say it counts!

Photos and video available here.

Posted Nov 17, 2002 6:04 pm

fastandlightRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: March 12, 2000  Sucess!


Heck of a climb. Lots of false summits up with West Ridge. It was a cold day with lots of wind. Didn't stay on top long. Got wicked cramps on the way down from the snowshoes.
Posted Nov 5, 2002 10:31 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 10. 2002  Sucess!
After a few troubles finding the new trailhead, we had a great hike. Lots of fun.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 11:20 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: August 18, 2002  Sucess!


Great 4 days of 14ers (9 total). This was my last 14er for the trip. This 14er is close to Breck, which makes for a good choice of a single day excursion.
Posted Nov 2, 2002 8:22 am

climberkjpRoute Climbed: East "Ridge" Date Climbed: October 19, 2002  Sucess!


Was up in the Breck for the weekend, and was bored, so jogged up Quandary. Easy route, great to get out though. Ran into some mountain goats on the descent. I should've checked this page first - the West Ridge sounds a little more interesting.
Posted Oct 22, 2002 10:56 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 30 2001  Sucess!


Finished Sherman this morning. Alot of elevation gain/loss for one day. The weather held and we were successful
Posted Oct 6, 2002 2:11 pm

charles97Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: September 5, 2002  Sucess!


Nice, smooth and easy going the whole way up. I got started early enough to beat the weather. Started at 8:20 am and reached summit at 10:50 am. It was one of the easier fourteeners.

Seventh of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #15 overall.
Posted Sep 17, 2002 3:32 pm

mtnhappyRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 19, 2002  Sucess!


Quandary was my 1st 14er to bag, and man, i must say i'm now addicted! it was an amazing climb! it's a good 14er to climb for your 1st time. it's crazy how fast the storms come in, so always watch the sky. this climb won't leave you disappointed! it's neat to look at the entire eastern ridge of Quandary (from one of the pullouts on the south side of Hoosier Pass) & actually see what you climbed from a different angle!
Posted Sep 17, 2002 2:07 pm

Ed FRoute Climbed: Quandary Trailhead - East Slopes Date Climbed: September 15, 2002  Sucess!

Ed F

Very easy, short hike up to a nice peak. Great weather. Took a short trip to check out the west ridge... it doesn't look too bad. Next time!
Posted Sep 15, 2002 4:19 pm

kcmuleRoute Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: August 19, 2002  Sucess!


Fun hike. A little strenuous for me (newbie - 2nd 14er) but we took short breaks whenever we lost our breath and kept plodding along. Views are worth the effort. Played around a bit on the west slope cliffs, but they're still probably a bit out of my league - for now. Not too many folks on the summit and when the clouds moved in everyone split and we had some time alone on the peak. Paid the piper by getting snowed-on on the way down (in August!) but at least it didn't get us wet. Topped off the day with tasty ribs at Breckenridge BBQ in town; highly recommended.
Posted Aug 21, 2002 4:32 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 22, 1994  Sucess!


Slept in my pickup at the trail head. Started climbing at sun up. Had an uneventful climb. Except for its length, this is the easest of all.
Posted Jun 18, 2002 7:28 pm

ctruscotDate Climbed: June 1998  Sucess!
Beautiful easy hike up the humpback. Snow a foot deep at the summit.
Posted Jun 3, 2002 4:18 pm

jasonscottcoleRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 26 2002  Sucess!
Summited with Betsie(fiancé) and CJ(brother). We had a great day hiking.
Posted May 28, 2002 12:07 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Cristo Couloir Date Climbed: Aug 4 2001  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Nice quick climb. I had tried a shortcut to the west ridge the year before and got stuck just below the summit.
Posted May 17, 2002 3:56 pm

climbingguyRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: September 1997  Sucess!
This is a fun short route and the hanging valley with the cabin ruins is one of the most beautiful places I've seen in the mountains.
Posted May 12, 2002 2:28 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!


Sure, it's all 3rd class if you're clever. Just like it's all A1, until you fall. Don't be afraid though, it's such a fun puzzle, and the summit appears so unexpectedly.
Posted Apr 3, 2002 12:14 pm

DaFreshmanRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!
As I said in the "more info" section, IMHO, this is the ONLY way to do this mountain. The Wheeler (east) ridge is just a long, boring, cattle drive of hikers, if you ask me. The west ridge, on the other hand, offers solitude and a much more challenging (or as Roach says - "sporting" - I love that) option.

Now, so there's no confusion, DON'T get on this ridge if you are expecting a hike. THIS IS NOT A HIKE. The last 1/4 of this ridge consists of 4(?) large, loose rock towers which must be negotiated - and route finding is CRITICAL. Getting off route on this ridge leads you into any of a number of very steep, very VERY loose death-trap gullies. Take care and be sure that the way you are going is absolutely the easiest way before you go. The last tower on the ridge is negotiated by doing an airy class 3-ish pitch for about 30 feet directly up the southwest face. Not hard, but a fall will definately ruin your weekend.

That said, the ridge is phenomenial if you take your time and can hold your own at route finding. If you're one of those who gets off route going to the mailbox, you should probably stay on the east ridge :)
Posted Mar 18, 2002 4:10 pm

naderRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!


Easy Climb
Posted Dec 26, 2001 4:05 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Seveal  Sucess!


Climbed this one in twice in summer and twice in winter. Another great winter training climb for South American peaks. BONUS: Breckenridge Brewery after for beers and burgers!
Posted Nov 28, 2001 12:11 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: November 5, 2001  Sucess!


Attempted to hike this 14er on November 4th but when I got to the trailhead I found that I had forgotten my hiking boots...DOH!!! So my Dad and I returned the following day and made the trek to the summit. This was my Dad's first 14er and my fifth. Weather was great and the trail was very easy to follow. Ate lunch on the summit.
Posted Nov 13, 2001 8:44 am

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