Quandary Peak Climber's Log

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eurobeer - Sep 13, 2004 1:28 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Sept. 11, 2004  Sucess!

Good hike. Extremely busy peak. We were first to sign summit log, but then passed the swarms of people as we descended.


pusdkq6ee - Aug 30, 2004 4:33 pm

Route Climbed: Quandary Trail Date Climbed: August 15 2004  Sucess!

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.


flyinghighpete - Aug 24, 2004 12:31 am

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

Got up to the summit and then jogged down as it started to sleet. Took about 3 hours. Great hike!


Saintgrizzly - Aug 10, 2004 8:41 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: Late '70's  Sucess!

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...).


myrone - Aug 3, 2004 8:15 pm

Route Climbed: Quandary Trail Date Climbed: August 1,2004  Sucess!

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!

DaFreshman - Aug 3, 2004 6:26 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 8/1/04  Sucess!

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.

Andrew McKenzie

Andrew McKenzie - Jul 19, 2004 2:44 am

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 18, 2004  Sucess!

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!

Larry V

Larry V - Jul 13, 2004 12:04 am

Route Climbed: south slopes Date Climbed: July 1972  Sucess!

This was the first of five 14er climbs my family did that week in July, following my graduation from high school. Great memories!!


awillson - Jul 8, 2004 9:54 am

Route Climbed: Cristo Coulior Date Climbed: August 8, 2002  Sucess!

This is a short but steep class 2+ route. Climbed with my 2 brothers.


mountainmota - Jun 15, 2004 7:13 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: October 2003  Sucess!

Nice easy 14er!


lostman - Jun 9, 2004 3:15 pm

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

A wonderful route! Fun and loft up top, beautiful empty valley below. Combined with Fletcher

bps - Jun 9, 2004 4:54 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: May 10, 2004  Sucess!

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!


DaveC - May 21, 2004 9:21 pm

Route Climbed: e ridge Date Climbed: march 97  Sucess!

winter climb, super cold and windy, and i was out of shape, but winter 14ering is the bomb. well worth it.


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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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