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fossanaN Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2006


Blowing off race training (again) for another day of climbing.
Posted Apr 9, 2007 1:12 am

NiederbayerEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2007


brutal, cold wind on the summit - but what a spectacular view - left very early (6 am) and beat the crowd
Posted Mar 18, 2007 2:02 pm

JeffLEast Ridge
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2007


You couldn't have asked for better conditions. The winds were light. It was clear and sunny with temperatures in the mid 30s. This was my first experience with hiking at altitude (living at sea-level has its disadvantages) and in the snow . The combination of the two made for slower progress than I planned. Deciding to stick to my turnaround time I reached 13,534 before heading back down. Even though I didn't summit, the experience was incredible. I can't wait to come back during the summer and complete Quandary.
Posted Mar 15, 2007 1:40 pm

edlinsMellow Winter Skiing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 24, 2007


Nice skinning up, good skiing down to treeline, difficult skiing in the trees. Trip Report
Posted Feb 26, 2007 5:26 pm

lizrdboyWinter ascent with Josh  Sucess!


The last climb I did before getting CFS.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 5:08 am

ppergandeLooks like good skiing
Date Climbed: May 30, 2006


Almost made it to the summit, but my wife was getting sick. We'll knock it out this summer.
Posted Feb 7, 2007 4:12 am

Anya JingleVia East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

Anya Jingle

We started this hike in the dark to beat the crowds. We got to watch the sunrise from up high above the treeline. As soon as the sun came up, we heard numerous pikas and watched them come out of their rock crevices. There was also one pika on the very summit. Observing the pikas made my day. The summit was quite long and large with many windshelters.

Our slideshow from this day is here: Quandary Peak hike
Posted Jan 24, 2007 12:36 am

mtelbertmansmokers cough  Sucess!


This is when I decided to finally quit smoking. I made it but it was very hard because of my smoking, I realized my lungs were on it's last leg(?). Very slow going for me, but perseverance paid off. Perfect weather.
Posted Dec 27, 2006 10:47 am

boisedocglissade  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 1989


Very easy 14ers. The glissade from the summit may be unequaled in Colorado.
Posted Dec 17, 2006 4:26 pm

rkymtnEast Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 9, 2006


Another one for the books with Haliku. Subtle cornices and snow on the summit ridge added some aesthetics to the climb. The views from the summit were very rewarding. Despite the cold temps and wind, it was another great outing.
Posted Dec 11, 2006 4:41 am

Mots010Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2006


Forgot my camera. Very overcast with a good amount of snow above 12k feet. Stayed at summit for about 2 minutes before heading down.
Posted Dec 10, 2006 12:14 am

ChaserPost Thanksgiving hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 24, 2006


A good hike to burn off some pecan pie, beautiful winter day. There was some good hardpack that allowed for some nice glissading, speeding up my descent.
Posted Nov 25, 2006 5:06 pm

rleclair1st Winter Ascent!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2006


It still amazes me the differences between climbing Quandary in June 2006 and November 2006 - 2 very different "mountains" with regard to conditions! I had the pleasure of hiking with fellow SPers Alan and Patrick on this winter ascent - complete with low temps, gusty winds, occasional whiteouts and sun - mostly wind and snow though! I was beat but enjoyed the experience!
Posted Nov 13, 2006 7:23 pm

shanrickvFirst winter 14er summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 12, 2006


My first winter 14er summit. Damn was I tired! I remember Quandary being a walk in the park in July 2004. It's amazing what a ton of fresh snow with high winds will do to a mountain and your quads. Had the pleasure of climbing with fellow SPers Alan and Robert.
Posted Nov 13, 2006 6:20 pm

KruckBetter than I thought  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006


Somehow, hike seemed easier than Bierstadt even with a hangover from the disc golf tourney (awards ceremony) in Vail the day before. Really enjoyed the creaking stones grinding together underfoot. Great day for it; sunny and cool.
Posted Nov 10, 2006 6:51 pm

Dan DaltonDid the West Ridge...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2006

Dan Dalton

and it was awesome! Nice class 3-4 route to the top, although some false summits and hard route finding make this trip a little more difficult than the average scramble.
Posted Oct 24, 2006 6:23 pm

Vagabond ManifestoScary  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2005

Vagabond Manifesto

Due to inexplicably poor decision-making, this was the scariest time in the outdoors that I've ever had. Hiking alone, I'd driven from Denver and didn't start until early afternoon. Descent featured nearly constant and very close lightning, rain, and marble-sized hail.

I knew I was starting too late but did it anyway--not like me at all. Haven't repeated such a stupid decision since. Climbed Democrat the next day, and Cameron, Lincoln and Bross two days later.
Posted Oct 23, 2006 10:42 pm

Casey BatesAwesome hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2006

Casey Bates

Standard route up. Descended via snowfield on North face.

7-5-2007: Standard route up and down with some exciting weather!
Posted Oct 10, 2006 10:38 pm

JFieldsWinter Ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 5, 1998


This was my 2nd attemp. The first one, I turned back due to high winds.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 12:11 am

El_Capitan2nd attempt of day successful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2006
I know its a sin but got a late start at the trailhead (10am). Made it to 500 feet of the summit before weather forced me down. After descending a 1000 feet to the end of the east ridge (to the timberline), weather cleared, turned around and summited and had the whole mountain to myself.
Posted Sep 28, 2006 2:59 pm

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