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NelsonRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2004  Sucess!

Nelson

A perfect winter day with a perfect group of SP'ers! It doesn't get any better.
Posted Feb 25, 2004 7:58 am

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: February 22, 2004  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Does it get any better than this? I thought climbing in the summer was beautiful, but it doesn't compare to doing a winter climb. I was awestruck by the beauty of this mountain. I will always be grateful for Quandary and my friends for this winter moutain experience.
Posted Feb 23, 2004 11:31 pm

gemgoddisRoute Climbed: Quandary Trail (Main trailhead) Date Climbed: March 2002  Sucess!

gemgoddis

This was my first 14er. It's amazing how far I've come. Believe it or not, I carried three 1 liter water bottles (2 were frozen), some granola bars, my lunch and a very thin wind breaker (not even waterproof). All of this in a $5 nylon back pack. Thank God I listened to my friends and purchased gators for this hike. Also, may I recommend; never EVER wear jean shorts when hiking a 14er ;)



Nothing but snow on the last ridge to the summit. It was the scariest experience of my life. With the wind trying it's best to force me over, all I could see was blinding white everwhere. Heaven forbid I look up at the deep blue sky! Major disorientation, but what a rush when I finally reached the top!!



As I have said many times, there are no words to describe this feeling. You have to experience it for yourself.



Any way after pictures and lunch on the summit it was time to descend. My friends had a great time glissading most of the way down (jean shorts don't slide...haha). Everyone thought it was real funny when I got stuck in hip deep snow....yeah right.



Anyway the whole trip was a blast and I was absolutely hooked after that.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 11:58 am

xskier77Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: December 6, 2003  Sucess!

xskier77

2nd time on Quandary. First winter 14er :) many more to come
Posted Feb 2, 2004 2:05 am

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: West Ridge the first time, East Ridge thereafter Date Climbed: July 22, 2000-November 17, 2001, January 12, 2003  Sucess!

JonBradford

Quandary Peak is a nice fourteener to have so close by. Its multiple routes and sweet summit view make it stand out as a keeper.

Jon
Posted Jan 13, 2004 12:51 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: east slopes Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

hhsilleck

Also climbed in November 2003 - bring snowshoes or skis in the early snow season!
Posted Jan 10, 2004 6:50 pm

chef007Route Climbed: Up the north face and down the south face, standard route Date Climbed: 7 December 2003, Feb 22 2004  Sucess!

chef007

Day started off really good, it was sunny an warm. That didnt last long though. When I was about 800 feet from the summit it started to snow and the wind picked up. This was nothing that I havent seen before but it still was a disapointment. Even though I had to break trail (1.5-3ft) and the weather turned bad I still made the summit in 3 hours. I was quite impressed with the view from the summit (insert sarcastic voice here). I started to go down the ridge to Flecher but lost one of my gloves half way up and was forced to go back down. I ended up going down on of the couloirs on Quandary, it was a nice slide down the mountain. It got really interesting when I hit the snow with ice on top of it and cut up my bare hand (thank god for first aid kits). Out of all of this I did learn a good lesson, DONT GO CLIMBING WITH A HANGOVER AND LITTLE WATER! It makes a relatively easy climb turn into a nightmare.



BTW: I did get relatively close to the 7 mountain goats that live up there ;-)



The second time was not much better than the first as far as getting tired and having to crawl a ways. I figure that I made it to around 13900 to 14000 ft, the weather was coming in and I didnt care to see a bunch of clouds AGAIN. I probably would have been able to make the summit but it didnt seem worth it to beat myself up trying to do so. Doing Bierstadt the day before just took it out of me, I couldnt do my normal pace. On the bright side half the day was of good weather and I did enjoy myself, plus I met a lot of new people.
Posted Dec 7, 2003 7:56 pm

bdewoodyRoute Climbed: Quandary Trial Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

bdewoody

Very easy.
Posted Dec 3, 2003 6:28 pm

jeffgunRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: September 30th, 2003  Sucess!

jeffgun

Finally climbed this one for the first time, with my wife Erin, on our first anniversary get away.
Posted Nov 15, 2003 1:37 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: October 1996  Sucess!

Nelson

Crisp, fall hike. Fresh snow, beautiful.
Posted Oct 23, 2003 8:22 am

belexesRoute Climbed: Quandary Trail Date Climbed: October 12, 2003
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2003

belexes

It was a crystal clear, beautiful day, but it was very windy and cold at the summit. A balaclava would have been useful on this day. There was only a light dusting of snow on the trail, nothing too difficult to deal with at this time.
Posted Oct 15, 2003 11:40 am

AndyRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: September 6, 2003  Sucess!

Andy

It was raining in Breckenridge when I drove through at 6:30, but by the time I hit the trail at 7:00 the rain had stopped. It was a pleasant hike to the summit though the views were obscured by clouds (this seems to be happening to me a lot lately).
Posted Sep 6, 2003 4:56 pm

philwortmannRoute Climbed: Inwood Arete Date Climbed: 28 August 03  Sucess!
The Inwood Arete gives me newfound respect for Quandary. The best route on the mountain, can't wait to come back and do it again.
Posted Aug 30, 2003 3:12 pm

Brice NeugebauerRoute Climbed: West Slopes Date Climbed: Feb 2000  Sucess!

Brice Neugebauer

Lost my iceax here (actually left it at the trailhead). Should have brought the skis...
Posted Aug 30, 2003 10:01 am

xyatiRoute Climbed: Inwood Arete Date Climbed: August 24, 2003  Sucess!

xyati

We reached the summit on just under 5 hours from the trailhead at McCullough Gulch. Beautiful day of 5th class climbing!
Posted Aug 28, 2003 1:09 pm

CanopyBoyRoute Climbed: Southwest Slope Date Climbed: August 22, 2003
With storms looming overhead, and nightfall pressing closer, we decided to abandon the longer West ridge approach and climb the peak directly from the Southwest corner. The scree made it a difficult scramble, and wore us out big time. We escaped via the east slope to avoid becoming a human ass-sled on the way down.
Posted Aug 24, 2003 12:10 am

dpRoute Climbed: east slopes Date Climbed: July 7, 2002  Sucess!

dp

First 14'er for Spencer the Mountain Dog (at 9 months of age). Great weather.
Posted Aug 20, 2003 9:40 pm

jwclimbsRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 3, 2003  Sucess!

jwclimbs

Nice alternative route for avoiding the onslaught of hikers slogging up the standard route. 1hr, 45 min from Blue Lake Dam to the saddle. 3hrs total, from the dam to the summit. Exposed 3rd class on the ridge makes it that much more worth your while. Never did see a goat.
Posted Aug 4, 2003 9:00 am

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: East Slopes from Quandary Peak TH Date Climbed: July 28, 2003  Sucess!

kilimanjaro1

My beta said that my original plan from the "popular guide books" Monte Cristo TH was no longer viable due to reforestation. So I did the turn onto 850 , hung a right after .1 mile onto 851 and went down maybe another 1/2 mile to a small parking area. I started from the white sign on 281near the parking area. I started early, and it was a nice, simple, clean climb. It was a good finish to my 2003 climbing season.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 9:49 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 4, 2002  Sucess!

bernardhohman

Great day. Hung out with mountain goats on summit. Had an awesome glissade down the East Face.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 12:50 am

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