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AspenRoute Climbed: Cristo Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2004

Aspen

I had just spent 2 weeks with a team of mountaineering physicians and environmental lawyers at the posh Sierra-Nevada's Bear Paw executive camp. I flew Home to Colorado; tapped my best friend, Alex, on the shoulder and said, "The Monarch of the Tenmile Range is waiting for us." During the drive, we missed the turn to the East Ridge so we ended up at the reservoir. There was nowhere to go but up the Cristo Couloir. We saw a couple of mountain goats who seemed to laugh at us as we pant for air. The top was super windy. We saw a stone dedicated to a climber who had presumeably died climbing the peak. We took the same way down. I slipped and PRESSED my palm on a baby cactus. It hurt like HELL! Hahaha!!
Posted May 15, 2006 5:51 am

AndesiteGreat climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005
This really is one of the easier 14ers. the first couple miles of the trail is quite nice in the trees. the last half of the the climb is rather rocky and exposed if a strong wind is blowing. This peak however can be easily done by anyone in good physical condition.
Posted May 10, 2006 5:47 pm

kylerlott1st winter 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

kylerlott

Great hike! Weather strarted out pretty rough, but then the sun came out and did a nice number on my nose and cheeks! Didn't have to use crampons or snowshoes the whole way. Overall great day and a great climb!
Posted May 1, 2006 10:49 pm

ClearSkiesAheadEast RIdge by Moonlight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2005

ClearSkiesAhead

Climbed the east ridge at night during the full moon. The light was so bright that we didn't even need to keep our headlamps on.
Posted Apr 26, 2006 4:09 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2003

km_donovan

Still lots of snow, skipped the trail and went up the slope. Part of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip.
Posted Apr 23, 2006 12:25 pm

Mike NEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2006

Mike N

Started at 4:30 AM, 25 degrees. With plenty of time to take pics, hide snowshoes, and take water breaks, I reached the summit after 3:30 hrs. The views from the top of this easy 14er are great. Snow was great for crampons and was soft for the descent. Back to the car by 10:30 after spending a long time on top. I only wish I had skinned up! Conditions looked good.
Posted Apr 17, 2006 12:56 pm

TMNice day
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2006

TM

Climbed the East Ridge with a friend in nice conditions. Ran into another skier/climber, making his first winter 14er climb. Still waiting for the pictures Alan! We all summitted together before the weather started to turn. Snow was solid windblown along the ridge, made for good cramponing. NIce views, including Lincoln which we climbed the next day.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 5:00 am

Mountain JimStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 1967

Mountain Jim

Total ascents = 2. Nice Spring hike.
Posted Mar 23, 2006 3:03 am

markhyamsS Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 1997

markhyams

Climbed the christo couloir after spending the night out at the dam below. A nice overnight loop on this mountain. And yes, I saw people the next day coming up.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:31 pm

markhyamsE Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 1994

markhyams

Colder, snowier, but sunny. Snowshoes not needed.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:30 pm

markhyamsE Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 1994

markhyams

Cold, snowy and windy. But fun.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 6:29 pm

NanitaDRoute Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 1994

NanitaD

I broke my arm on September 12. I tripped while jogging back down the Flattop trail after climbing Hallet, Otis, Flattop, and Ptarmigan Point in Rocky Mountain National Park. But since we were in Breckenridge I couldn't resist going up Quandary.I went solo, but of course I was not totally by myself since I saw others on the ridge to the summit. However, because of the wind I had a jacket on and most of the people I met did not realize I had a broken arm. When I reached the summit I couldn't resist pulling my sleeve back so that the cast would be obvious in my summit photo. The fall colors were fading and a storm was moving in, but it was still a great day to be in the mountains.
Posted Feb 25, 2006 3:59 pm

AspenRe: Route Climbed: East Slopes

Aspen

U climbed with a broken arm? Hahaha!! That's insane!

Knight
Posted May 15, 2006 5:53 am

Oregon-ClimberFrigid Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2006

Oregon-Climber

Summited around 12:00, the wind was blowing and the thermometer was dropping so we didn't stick around too long on the summit. Lucked out on visibility though!
Posted Feb 21, 2006 7:22 pm

foreverwildFirst Winter 14er  Sucess!

foreverwild

Climbed solo but with others along the trail for my first winter 14er and again with a friend in May during a late season blizzard.
Posted Feb 21, 2006 12:26 am

Joel HopperRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Summer 2005  Sucess!

Joel Hopper

There was a small snowfield just below the summit and no shortage of wind on top.
Posted Feb 20, 2006 5:48 pm

peakrat76peakrat76  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 1980

peakrat76

Lots of snow down low. Beautiful day with a few high clouds. Great glissades on east ridge on descent.
Posted Feb 19, 2006 6:49 pm

sshankleWinter Solo - East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2006

sshankle

My first 14'er. Good winter climb. I got lost after the ascent (missed the ridge) and after a couple hours of hair-raising traverses of avy teritory and postholing I made it back to the road NE of the ridge that I missed.

Good cramponing after an early start. Only other party on the mtn was a 10th Mtn Div. training group.

See my trip report with a couple pics.
Posted Feb 15, 2006 3:14 am

KieferRoute Climbed: Quandry Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 1997  Sucess!

Kiefer

Tried this peak for the first time in February but had to turn around due to the wind. Successful in July. There was still alot of snow and the wind was blowing pretty hard. A cold day.
Posted Jan 27, 2006 3:40 pm

mapfeifferRoute Climbed: Quandary Trail Date Climbed: January 21, 2006  Sucess!

mapfeiffer

I'm happy to have saved this one for winter. Only 10 other people on the trail that we met rather than the trail of ants in the summer. It was a bit chilly with some blustery wind gusts that make but otherwise a beautiful day. Crampons would have been much faster at the top, but snowshoes were servicable.
Posted Jan 22, 2006 3:31 pm

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