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Bryan WRoute Climbed: Monte Cristo Trail (standard) Date Climbed: 7/5/03  Sucess!

Bryan W

Well, I had planned to climb Missouri from the Rockdale TH on this date. However, I spent about an hour looking for the climber's trail with no luck. I decide to bail and head over to Quandary for a go. It took a lot longer to get from Rockdale to Quandary than I thought it would. Anyway, I arrived at 11:00 a.m. and was questioning if it would be a good idea to start so late. About that time a couple showed up that was going to head up. I figured, what the heck!!! The weather in Colorado had been great for weeks and I would take my chances and be prepared to bail at any time. It was a nice easy hike most of the way. It did get just a little steep at times and I was feeling the effects of Huron the day before and my second day above sea level. At about 13,800 I had to cross a rather large snow field. It was about 200' long and made for a nice change of pace. I finally made the summit in just over 4 hours. The weather had held up and there were about 10 others on the summit. I signed the log and had some lunch and then headed down. The weather was looking like it could become a factor, so I did not waste much time. The first part of the descent was a little slow. I had to deal with the snow, which got me a little off route and then some boulder hoping to get back on the trail. From there it was a nice easy hike to the car.
Posted Jul 15, 2003 2:50 pm

TexasClimberRoute Climbed: East Ridge Via the Monte Cristo Trailhead Date Climbed: June 15, 2003  Sucess!


Paul and I summited Quandary on Sunday 6/15/03 late in the day around 2:45 PM. The route is Class 1 with great scenery. It is more of a lofty endurance hike with a few mountain goats in the vicinity. The climb was a little harder for us as we were a little hung-over from our night out in Breckenridge. Paul's first fourteener was Mount Democrat which he summited with me the day before. As with all my friends who bag their first mountain, I made sure to get him good and toasted as part of the reward! Nonetheless we hit the trailhead at 11 AM and sweated it out! This route is classic as it affords a great ridge line that is gained by leaving a forested area and escaping the tree line. The views are great and the glissading is top notch. We dropped a 1000' of elevation in minutes by glissading down the snow along the east ridge. A storm had moved in but luckily we beat it back to the rent-a-car.
Posted Jun 16, 2003 12:44 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 2001  Sucess!


This was a milestone hike for me. I had been grounded for a year and a half with a bad knee. Not knowing if I would make it, I rekindeled my love for hiking with this easy hike. Needless to say I made it. If Quandary(by the standard) is not the easiest 14er in Colorado then I don't know what is. You can count on at least 15- 50 people hiking with you in the summer months. I hiked Quandary on July 4th weekend and remember at least 300 people on that mountain. Anyone visiting Breckenridge, and wants a hike goes for Quandary. Some make it, most don't.
Posted Jun 3, 2003 7:35 pm

skibum7732Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: Jul, 2001  Sucess!
1st 14'er. Summited with Jennifer(wife) and Chris(co-worker). I believe it took us about 7 hours roundtrip. Nice day.
Posted May 17, 2003 9:59 pm

mmoerkRoute Climbed: Cristo Couloir Date Climbed: May 3, 2003  Sucess!


My first snow climb that wasn't just a hike. Parked at Monte Cristo Trailhead and hiked over to Blue Lakes (the road wasn't plowed yet). Strapped on the crampons and got out the ice axe and started climbing. After climbing about 1,200' or so, I dropped my camera and watched it slide seemingly forever, until I lost sight of it. Oops. Other than that, the climb was awesome (but hard work). It was a new vantage point being on such a steep part of a mountain, which I had never done before. Shared the summit with about a dozen skiiers/boarders, and saw lots of people having fun descending while we hiked down the standard east route back to the car.
Posted May 4, 2003 8:52 am

big_gRoute Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 4, 2002


Nice hike up and saw some goats right on the summit! Fun glissading down.
Posted Mar 3, 2003 3:20 pm

hmronnowRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: February 22 2003  Sucess!


Snow and some wind, but not too cold. Snow-field just above tree line a bit unstable. Skinned to 13000, then walked on rocks sticking out of snow. Descented to 13500 by foot due to low visibility, the rest on skis.
Posted Feb 23, 2003 11:58 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: easy route Date Climbed: Aug. 2000  Sucess!


We started out at about 8:00am and reached the trailhead at about 9:00am. The hike started out pretty easy passing a few abandoned mines. At timberline the slope steepened and we slowed down quite a bit. After about a mile the trail flattened out a little and by that time there were four of us left. Looking up at the top we had 1000’ of gain to go and Lisa called it quits. So Mark, Craig and I keep trudging along. Mark was in good shape and kept waiting for Craig and I. The last 1000-foot section was a good climbers trail and was talus all the way to the top so there wasn’t much of a trail, but we could see the summit the whole time. The last 100’ flattened out a bit and then we were at the summit. Mark, Craig and I were very happy and I was relieved. It was Mark and Craig’s first fourteener and only my second.

Posted Jan 15, 2003 2:19 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 24, 2002  Sucess!


This was my second ascent of Quandry and was much more enjoyable than the east slopes. The west ridge was challenging from a terrain and route finding perspective. We descended the south slopes - they look like they would be very fun to ski down in the winter. Perhaps a winter trip should be planned (?)
Posted Dec 27, 2002 8:07 am

phillinleyRoute Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: December 22, 2002  Sucess!


First winter fourteener ascent. Skied up with skins and skiied down for first fourteener ski descent as well. Beautiful day for December.
Posted Dec 24, 2002 11:20 am

jcolarRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: November 16, 2002  Sucess!
Great climb. My first 14er. Lots of wind and snow. Can't wait to get back.
Posted Nov 22, 2002 8:41 am

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

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