I went with three others, two of which were going to snowboard down the east slopes once we reached the summit. This was my second climb of Quandary, and I brought a video camera to film the snowboarders.
Since I was not carrying any extra gear, I made the summit in good time, but the others dragged and never made it. They did get up over 12,000 feet, so I was able to film some portions of their descent. The weather was great and the snow very fine! I also filmed a skier who cruised down the entire slope.
Climbed the direct version free solo - reached the summit after 3.5 hours. Snow and ice made things a little dicey!
Good hike. Extremely busy peak. We were first to sign summit log, but then passed the swarms of people as we descended.
It is not a class 1 trail, according to the hiking book. It is rocky at the last half. Belowe the treeline, it is a easy hike. All the 14 er are beautifull on the peak. I enjoye this hike.
Got up to the summit and then jogged down as it started to sleet. Took about 3 hours. Great hike!
Another of those peaks done by Aaron and I when just starting our mountaineering days. I don't remember much about this one, except I liked it (I liked them all...).
Started up at 6:30AM and reached the summit at 8:40. Lots of cars at the trailhead yet only 4 people on top. Great views in every direction although hazy from the Nucla wildfire. Perfect weather, stayed at summit about 30 mins then back down by 11:05, lots of people. My first 14'er and a great way to spend the morning!
2nd time on this route. VERY fun...and really only dicey in a very few select places. Route finding isn't really all that terrible so long as you remember: when in doubt, go HIGH.
As with all non-standard routes on the 14ers, the solitude of the route makes any difficulities worth while Especially on this peak - the East ridge is a CATTLE DRIVE these days.
Parked at the Blue Lake Trailhead and proceeded around to the west ridge. This ridge is rated class 3, but is very well beaten and more like class 2 up until a couple hundred feet from the summit. We saw some other climbers on the ridge who seemed lost and were headed well below the ridge to avoid the scramble at the top. My advice to to keep the ridge as much as possible. There are only one or two moves with sketch factors above 5 (my personal scale for danger). Just remember that it is not so bad when you take it one hold at a time! We descended the East Ridge and then hiked back up the road to the car. A very nice loop, approx. 8 miles round. Cheers!
This was the first of five 14er climbs my family did that week in July, following my graduation from high school. Great memories!!
This is a short but steep class 2+ route. Climbed with my 2 brothers.
Nice easy 14er!
A wonderful route! Fun and loft up top, beautiful empty valley below. Combined with Fletcher
I wanted to work off some winter fat so I grabbed my new hiking partner Jenn and we headed to Quandary for some fun. Camped at 10,800 the night before and headed out early-to-mid morning. There was some snow to contend with just above treeline and then the upper ridge was completely covered. Due to dropping temperatures, the snow was pretty hard on the upper part of the mountain and our axes came in handy in spots. Glissading was fun on the way down and we had a grand time. Sure is good to be back up in the mountains again!
winter climb, super cold and windy, and i was out of shape, but winter 14ering is the bomb. well worth it.
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.
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...