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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

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

LoveJoelRoute Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: June 22 2003  Sucess!
My first fourteener and I loved it! I was shown up a bit by my 12 y.o. son Stephen, but it was still worth it. I'm sure to return.
Posted Jun 23, 2003 12:16 pm

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

TexasClimber

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!

Kane

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!

mmoerk

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

big_g

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

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