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.
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
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.
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...
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!!
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.
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.
My first winter ascent. It seemed way longer on the way down, but conditions were perfect. Took six and a half hours total.
Great views, near perfect weather
My second attemp to climb this guly...
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.
A perfect winter day with a perfect group of SP'ers! It doesn't get any better.
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.
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.
2nd time on Quandary. First winter 14er :) many more to come
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.
Also climbed in November 2003 - bring snowshoes or skis in the early snow season!
Finally climbed this one for the first time, with my wife Erin, on our first anniversary get away.