Quandary Peak Climber's Log

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petersbike

petersbike - May 11, 2004 10:31 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 5-11-04  Sucess!

Out of the trees followed the herdpath straight up the slope to the ridge, soft in places. Quite windy on the ridge. Saw 5 other people on the trail, 2 were boarders with their doggies. Looked like it would be nice to ski.

brandon

brandon - Apr 29, 2004 2:18 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 4/28/2004  Sucess!

Up and down the East Ridge, the new snow is mostly consolidated, but 6-12 inch wind slabs are hanging around up there. Watched a fiery, smog tinged sunrise from the summit.

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - Apr 19, 2004 2:48 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: October 6, 2001  Sucess!

A blustery day and the ridge had a nice layer of fresh hail on it. I have to agree that this is Class 3 though. Great exposure, great mountain goats, great peak

MtnWoman

MtnWoman - Apr 13, 2004 12:34 am

Route Climbed: East Route Date Climbed: April 11, 2004

Got within a few hundred feet of the summit. Turned back due to exhaustion and foul looking clouds. Guess we'll have to try another day, possibly via a different route.

CharlesD

CharlesD - Apr 12, 2004 11:53 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: April 11, 2004

Dammit, after two miles of post-holing up the east ridge, we turned back from fatigue and weather. Turns out we were above the 14k mark. Only a few hundred feet to go. If we'd only known...

coloradoiceclimber

coloradoiceclimber - Apr 10, 2004 3:44 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: March 31, 2001  Sucess!

Solid work by the stray dog that came out of nowhere at the lot and ended up on the summit with Jay and I a couple of hours later!!

RyanS

RyanS - Apr 9, 2004 12:52 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 31, 2002  Sucess!

We climbed Tabeguache the day before, but when we woke the next morning, we realized we needed to get another mountain "fix". We selected Quandary, and didn't leave the Denver area until after 9:00 a.m. We hit the trail at noon, and raced up to the summit. While we climbed, we passed scores of folks on their descent from the summit. There was one guy on the summit, and we chatted with him, while some storm clouds brewed nearby. This was the site of our closest call with lightning, and while I'm not proud of this moment, it was a good lesson to learn early on in our career. Even though the storm clouds weren't yet near, the summit memorial began to make a buzzing sound! Time to go! As we flew down the trail, I noticed that my trekking poles would buzz when they drew close together. Very freaky! We would never make the mistake of starting so late again, and we gained much respect for the mountains and their accompanying weather. A trip report is available here.

Chris

Chris - Mar 22, 2004 10:11 pm

Route Climbed: Quandry Trail Date Climbed: May 2001  Sucess!

Nice quick hike of a 14er. Good views of the Ten Mile range and surrounding mountains.



This is a good first 14er to try, fairly easy routefinding (once you get out of the trees its super easy), short, not a ton of elevation gain.

apierce

apierce - Mar 16, 2004 7:51 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: March 12, 2004  Sucess!

My first winter ascent. It seemed way longer on the way down, but conditions were perfect. Took six and a half hours total.

Natasha

Natasha - Mar 11, 2004 1:54 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: March 7, 2004  Sucess!

Great views, near perfect weather

carloselbrus

carloselbrus - Mar 2, 2004 11:10 am

Route Climbed: Normal . Winter Climb Date Climbed: Feb 22 2004  Sucess!

Winter climb.

carloselbrus

carloselbrus - Mar 2, 2004 11:09 am

Route Climbed: Blue Lake Date Climbed: Aug. 02 , 2003  Sucess!

My second attemp to climb this guly...

Bill562

Bill562 - Feb 25, 2004 1:08 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: Febraury 22, 2004

Great climb with fellow SPers! Did Bierstadt on the previous day. Started with a crawl to avoid altitude sickness problems. As a result, ran out of time/good weather. Turned around at 13,800' . There is always another day/mountain.



Bill

Nelson

Nelson - Feb 25, 2004 7:58 am

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

A perfect winter day with a perfect group of SP'ers! It doesn't get any better.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - Feb 23, 2004 11:31 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: February 22, 2004  Sucess!

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.

gemgoddis

gemgoddis - Feb 2, 2004 11:58 am

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

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.

xskier77

xskier77 - Feb 2, 2004 2:05 am

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

2nd time on Quandary. First winter 14er :) many more to come

JonBradford

JonBradford - Jan 13, 2004 12:51 am

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

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

hhsilleck

hhsilleck - Jan 10, 2004 6:50 pm

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

Also climbed in November 2003 - bring snowshoes or skis in the early snow season!

bdewoody

bdewoody - Dec 3, 2003 6:28 pm

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

Very easy.

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