Camped at the TH and climbed the East Ridge. It was a record snow year in CO and 3-4" of fresh snow fell while we were there. Conditions were good though and we shoed up the whole way. It was a beautiful hike through the woods but unfortuately the visibility was poor on the upper ridge.
We enjoyed an early morning skin in wintry conditions and skied down the east ridge of Quandary. We were hoping to ski the Cristo Couloir but visibility was down to 100 feet by the time we hit the summit.
Great climb to get some exercise. RT in 4 hours in winter conditions.
Beautiful day perfect hike. A large gathering of mountain sheep at 10,000 feet and my camera had a dead battery!
Good boot pack and a well defined route made this climb fun. The wind made it a bit cold (-30 or so wind chill), but overall it was a good day on Quandary.
Pretty clear day with moderate winter temps. Would much rather climb the west ridge, or some of the colior routes on the south face in the future.
Did this one in snowshoes and came down in very deep powder on an off-trail route back to the car -meaning I lost the trail at the bottom. =)
This was a very straightforward winter climb however I began it already feeling a bit flu-ish. By the time I was less than 75 ft from the summit, I was having an extreme stomach flu and fever and needed to flee the mountain quickly. It lasted for days so I didn't have the chance for a quick rematch. I will this February though. :)
Nice day out with the wife. Started in the clouds and cold while later breaking out into sun. Was a little surprised at the steepness on the ridge in places.
Nice way to revisit Quandary after the West Ridge. Lot's of folks out but a great day overall.
this was the first of a whole lot of climbing on this mountain
Easy slopes, nice finish.
A great first summit - quite cold and windy (don't know what I expected in November..), definitely won't be my last...
Went looking for the West Ridge in a blizzard. Got off route and found a few icy gullies that eventually dead ended. Settled for Cristo Couloir. Was a fun day!
A night climb...very easy
Looking back now, I wish I'd have chosen a more exciting 14er to take Leah on for her first one.
Climbed with a bunch of friends. Had a blast.
Wife's first time up to 14k, and first summit!
Got to meet Horton the Quandary dog... http://climbing.about.com/b/2008/09/12/horton-the-quandary-dog.htm
Birthday hike :). I wasn't moving very fast since I flew in from OC the previous day. Clouds were threatening all day and the last 1000 feet had very low visibility and high winds (60mph). I actually turned around right before the summit since the wind became unbearable and there was zero visibility. Close enough though, so I'll consider it successful :-)).
Never thought I'd be climbing peaks this late in the year. It was a really easy day on Quandary and the views were great. This most likely will wrap up the season.
Great training peak and close to home, so climb this one about once every other month. With changing seasons and weather, it never looks quite the same.