Nice climb on good snow! The Glissade was awesome!
Fun line and great turns
Used as descent route after scrambling up the West Ridge. I few patches still left with good snow for glissades.
Climbed w/Kevin, Alyson, & Nick.
I was just out driving around and said "Hey. That looks cool". Parked at the dam, cruised up the 2 nd class to the right of the couloir, summited, then glissaded down. Three days later I found out it was called Quandry, was a 14'er and that the couloir had a name...purest style: onsight flash, solo, no gear, no beta...
Summited from dam in 1hr 12min. Beautiful day
Fun and straightforward route to get you to the top of a very busy peak. Good training and practice grounds for those who want to explore the fun world of snow climbing. I would not, however, call this the easiest route on any 14er out there(its not difficult if you know what you are doing).
Nice and mellow. I kind of got a chuckle at the group of three carrying technical tools and ice screws all the way up. There's a short 40° section at the base and then it's pretty much 30-35° all the way. Very direct. Very straightforward. Easiest route up a 14er yet.
snow was unstable so we skirted along the left side and stayed in the rocks. We didn't dare try to descend the route so hiked down the East ridge. Ended up being allot longer day due to road obviously not being open this time of year and the conditions but was great day out none-the-less. We knew it was a bit early in the season for the route so anticipated having to detour a bit to stay safe. Cloudy and very snowy day with moderate wind.
Climbed the Cristo in 08' with my wife, her first time in crampons. She loved snow climbing, I'd say this is a great introductory snow climbing route.
via Cristo Couloir
Hiked up the snow covered road and camped at the base of the couloir. Snowed on during the night and a little bit windy but cleared off the next day. Snow got mushy later in the day so we climbed on the rock for a bit. Beautiful climb with my dad and a great glissade.
The Cristo Couloir was a field trip for our Basic Mountaineering School with the Colorado Mountain Club. Excellent conditions - left vehicles at 4:45-5 AM from the lower dam and summitted at 8:45 AM. Wicked fun glissade down the couloir followed by food and brews at Breckenridge Brewing Company. Truly an excellent couloir!
My buddies and I headed up early to be done early. Fun climb up! We all strapped on our skis and my board and headed down - I had an unfortunate but lucky fall - no injury, but my helmet was penetrated by my ice axe a few times. I would do it again!
My usual routine is to climb the rocks on the left of couloir, and then glissade dowm. On May 27th 2001 I got married at the summit of Quandary and the weeding party did the glissade. Over half of my 30+ climbs of Quandary have been for this glissade.
Perfect cramponing at 10 am and perfect corn snow by 12.
This was my Wife's first ever 14er summit, it was a great intro route to teach her axe and crampon techniques. I want to ski it someday.
Fun climb and ski. Hard snow near the summit. Side stepped the rockband into the couloir. Loosened up midway down for about 1200' of really nice powder skiing. Put two hard ski cuts on the load w/ no results. Seems really set up in there. Stay away late in the day. Many point releases from rocks on the way out.
Surprisingly good & stable snow for so early in the season. The glissade down was worth every step up! An enjoyable couloir.
First fourteener and snow climb! 4 hours up; 45 minutes down! Glissading is fun!