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redd0019First 14'er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2006


Started at 6:45am with about 6 other cars in the parking area. The trail is a well beated path up to the talus field, which seems to go on forever. Had a brief spell of rain, which gave way to blue skies. Dark clouds threatened as we approached the summit with about 1,000ft to go, but blew over. Took us three hours to summit, keep in mind we're flatlanders from Minnesota. There was no snow to speak of on the East Slopes Trail, very windy and chilly up on top, stopped for about 20 minutes before heading back down. The wildflowers seemed to be in full bloom and we had great views on the way down. Total time up and down was 6 hours, which included a few stops and photo ops. Beta available online at the Arapahoe National Forest ranger station in Dillon, CO, on Hwy. 6 in Silverthorne and also online at their web site. Happy Trails.

Posted Jun 29, 2006 2:06 am

rleclairGreat Climb!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006


Another great 14'er hike in God's country! The weather was a bit cloudy and cool (45-50 degrees) for a 7:30 AM start. The trail up was straight forward through the trees to above tree line and my first overall view of Quandary. There weren't too many people ahead of me (fortunately) - it took about 2 hours to summit and shared the summit with 5 people and 1 dog. After 45 minutes on top enjoying the low cloud formations and viewing the people train nearing the summit, I decided to start down. Still amazes me to see people not too prepared for the mountains - jeans, cotton t-shirts, little food/water, etc. Trip down was uneventful other than watching the building clouds for a storm that never materialized. Another great hike - back to the mountains after 4th of July!
Posted Jun 26, 2006 7:04 pm

ElliottDavisWest Ridge scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2004


Want something different? Try the West Ridge. Very worth it.
Posted Jun 26, 2006 3:44 am

c_rockwoodBusy but enjoyable  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006
Extremely busy, I think we passed a crew of 30 people all at once at one point during the hike. Pretty enjoyable and some nice scenery, but all of the loose rock got annoying after a while (seemed like there was more of this than other fourteeners I've done so far).
Posted Jun 25, 2006 11:26 pm

Scott WesemannQuandary  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Scott Wesemann

Soooo many people on the trail, but it was a really fun hike with great views.
Posted Jun 22, 2006 7:45 pm

rockrat2turned around by storm


Got up over 13,000 and was nailed by very bad lightning, snow, and hail storm. Lots of post holing on way down, knew I should've taken the snow shoes.
Posted Jun 22, 2006 2:40 pm

GahugafugaExcellent Winter Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 24, 2006


Snowshoed up with a friend on a perfect winter day. It must've been 40 degrees at the summit, but without a trace of wind. It felt warmer than it typically does on a summer day, but maybe that's just from having on winter clothes.
Posted Jun 20, 2006 3:04 pm

Michael HoytMonte Cristo TH Ascend E Slopes Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 1997

Michael Hoyt

Cold and drizzle all the way up and down. No view to speak of. We passed a 75 year old man and his 50ish son near the top. I hope I'm still going at that age!
Posted Jun 18, 2006 11:38 pm

Eleutheros14,256 reasons to climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


Climbed from McCullough Gulch on Main Trail in the morning. The skies were clear, the weather was pleasant and the winds were light and sweet. Some wet snow left on the peak. This is my 18th successful summit. I guess that makes me a noob eh?
Posted Jun 7, 2006 9:10 pm

Big Skies 808Skiing the East bowls  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 6, 2005

Big Skies 808

The skiing was highly variable in the upper bowl, but the lower had some better snow. Minor potential for avy in the lower bowl but we deemed it safe.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 6:50 pm

Big Skies 808West Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2004

Big Skies 808

Very cool climb, lots of false summits. I was lucky enough to hitch a ride back to my car at Mayflower Gulch.
Posted Jun 6, 2006 6:48 pm

mdavenport2First Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1998


First mountain climb, first 14er.
Posted May 31, 2006 1:49 am

brentonjweaverMany summits of this majestic peak  Sucess!


I used to live in Breck, and this peak is a personal fav
Posted May 30, 2006 7:49 pm

Dan Leonhardwhere?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2004

Dan Leonhard

I climbed this one alone. Based off of some bad route description (not from this site, good job guys), I wondered up a trail which quikly faded to loose, ankle-breaking rock missles.
Posted May 29, 2006 10:42 pm

lilmantisAwsome day on Cristo Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2006


Got about halfway up and peeled off all the layers. Snow was getting soft near the top but all in all this was a terrific climb. Great glissade down the route to finish it off!
Posted May 26, 2006 6:24 pm

roozers42Route Climbed: East Slopes Ski  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 20, 2006


Got some great turns at the top, wish the snow had been continuous.
Posted May 22, 2006 3:21 pm

lilmantisRe: Route Climbed: East Slopes Ski


Rock on girl!
Posted May 26, 2006 6:51 pm

roozers42Route Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2005


Only a small bit of snow at the top. Great weather and a pleasant hike.
Posted May 19, 2006 3:29 pm

rpaceI'm hooked!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006


My first fourteener! I climbed it with my Colorado Mountain Club Basic Mountaineering School team. We ascended via the Cristo couloir in 4 hours (with crampons, although they weren't at all necessary). Descended the same slope in 45 minutes. (Glissading is very efficient!)

Finished the day with a cheeseburger (with roasted garlic!) from Backcountry Brewpub in Frisco.

Excellent day!
Posted May 17, 2006 1:03 am

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


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

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