July 14, 2004: West Ridge (ascent), East Ridge (descent)
April 16, 2006: West Ridge from Fletcher Mountain (ascent), Cristo Couloir (ski descent)
June 17, 2012: East Ridge (ascent & descent)
Fun in the snow. There were a lto of skiers, and having to climg down the normal way made me a little jeolus. Easy climb, the final push had a lot more false summits that I hoped for. Summit has a good view of Holy Cross, Massive, Elbert, La Plata, etc
What can I say. I came by to check it out about
lunch time that day and just took off and climbed
it on the spur- of- the- moment! I've never had a
14er go down that easy!!
I didn’t start hiking until 10:00am thinking it would only be a 5.5 mi. hike. I had to start hiking back by the road, which added two miles. It was a pretty easy trail for the most part. When I got past tree line I started to post hole a bit. I took my time and talked quit a bit to other hikers when I was stopped. The last two miles were boring and straightforward. I think I summited around 1:30 or 2:00. On the way back I traversed out to the east face. I tried to glissade but the snow was too soft. I did find some good spots here and there. When I got down into the trees I took another trail thinking it was a short cut. The trail shortly disappeared into just a couple of ski tracks. I was lost. Using my GPS I found a snow covered backcountry road and found my way back to the truck. I ended up coming back from the west instead of the north. Overall it was a boring hike but sometimes that’s good. It took a total of about 8 hours.
What a great mountain! Solo Trip - The winds on this trip were howling and the pair of climbers in front of me turned back. No real inherent dangers other than the cold.
I've also summitted Quandary's West Ridge twice in the summer of 2003. The West Ridge is an awesome route and the pools below the ridge are gorgeous. If you want to avoid the crowds and do some fun Class 3 scrambling, this is the route. It was my wife's first Class 3 route and she didn't appreciate it at the time, but since then it has been a great memory.
The summit provided astounding views
My second fourteener and the only on i've climbed with my entire family. Great summit views, but lots of people.
After nearly a year of frustration over turning back from (what turned out to be) above the 14k' contour, we were back and armed to the teeth this time. Took the direct route from the old TH up to tree line and thence to the ridge. Amy was dragging and turned back around 13,000'. Nathan and I continued up the ridge marvelling at what a leg-burner it is. Made the summit around 1:15 and spend a glorious 45 minutes relaxing in the quiet windlessness. Good views and it's nice to finally put Quandary's summit behind me. Some snow and wind on the way down, but arrived at the car at 4:30.
Beautiful day but also exhausting breaking trail in waist deep snow up to timberline. Wanted my snowboard for the knee-cracking descent!
After two months without any significant climbs, I finally climbed another 14er. The trip up Quandary was great. We had a late start at 10:30 and made the round trip in 6 hours. The conditions were fairly rough with constant snow and wind. At times the visibility was down to a few feet. However, we were lucky and it cleared up for about 30 minutes while we were on the ridge at 13000+, so we had a few great views.
We also had a companion on our tip. Horton the Quandary Dog. His tag gave an address on Blue Lake road. We tried to get him to stay at the trailhead, but he followed us all the way to the top and had no problems whatsoever.
Varying weather and trail conditions made for a wonderful adventure. 6 skiers fought the wind to summit after us, I saw 2 of them enjoying the downhill benefits of their efforts. I was envious! :) Overall, incredible day!
Great outing on an extremely cold day. The high in Breckenridge was 5 degrees, and Quandary was much colder. Not a lot of fresh snow, and what snow was already there was very hard packed. The trail was well established through the woods as well, with no postholing. No real views however, as clouds obscured the summit all day.
Another climb w/ the CMC, before the days of a constructed trail up the mountain. A beautiful day, we climbed at a fast pace, making the summit before 11:00 am and then spent an hour on top, napping in the warm sun.
There was a lot of snow on the mountain as it was eary in the season. This is the first mountain I slid down on the snow.
A very pleasant hike. The view from the summit is truly amazing--many 14ers are visible from Quandary
Excellent example of the 'Suffering' experience so many SP'ers go in for. Climbed with Fabio Somenzi (brenta on SP) in extreme cold and high winds (gusts at at least 50 mph, maybe more). Hands down my most painful summit, but we made it and having made it, liked it. I do want to return another day so I can actually *see* the place, though. This was also my first CO 14'er and my highest peak to date.
Great Mountain....I have never heard anyone mention the views from up there...AMAZING....you can see so far in all directions....even to the Crestone's!
It was a fun day...long but fun....I made it a day trip from Estes...next time I'll camp.
I only saw two other people the entire day...I felt special to have this popular mountain virtually to myself!
I've always enjoyed this mountain because its always been a nice day when I've hiked it.
Started pre-dawn and was alone on the summit for about 15 minutes before heading down. On my way down, passed at least 100 people going up. Start early!!