Winter ascent in blizzard conditions. -15F with 40mph sustained winds. Climbed to 14,000ft and turned around because there was no view. Buddy got some minor frostbite on his nose. Glissading down was fun.
Started ~430 after sleeping in the back of our Subaru due to the lack of camping locations around Breckenridge. A herd of goats surrounded the car and entertained us for about an hour before falling asleep. Cristo was in nearly top to bottom with a short 20 yard rock band above the steepest section that was melted out and a couple spots near the very bottom that were melted out as well.Made it back to the car and noticed scratches on the hood of my car. Didnt remember driving through trees recently and then I found a card under that windshield that said that the climbers behind us (whom we glissaded by) had seen 5 goats surrounding and climbing on top of my car! They even had piuctures that they emailed us later. Rediculous!
Quandary Peak is an easily accessible year-round 14er that is just outside the town of Breckenridge. We started late in the day around 1pm and busted through soft snow to get to the summit around 5pm. Rather windy and low vis but just made the routine breaks in the clouds even better!
Climbed with EricD. Frozen faces on the summit made it difficult to smile, but we could only see one another when 5 feet or closer. White-out conditions hid the view, but definitely made postholing not as bad. Tons of snow entire way from winter TH to summit. 12:45 start at TH, back to car by 6:30.
Not too crowded.
Extremely cold day with high winds. Climbed this mountain with my summer hiking shoes, and was the first one on the trail that day, so I sunk in knee deep snow half the trail- pretty tiring considering a couple of days ago I was sunbathing in Virginia. There were a few other guys skiing and snowshoeing, we seemed to be the only ones in actual shoes. Totally a great achievement though. Started at about 9am (professional, right?) and finished at 4pm at a fairly relaxed pace.
very windy and cold
Slow climb up- pretty warm out. Reached the summit in 4 hours. So windy, be careful up there. Boarded down from the summit to the car. Be careful on ski descents to plan out a route and get down before the snow turns to slush... happy climbing guys.
Standard route, skin up and ski down. Continuous snow, but a well packed out track, seemed a lot of people were doing okay w/o snowshoes. Ski conditions were better up high than in the trees, a little crusty in the trees made turns interesting, but a little bit of new snow made the high slopes nice for carving.
-16 at the car at 7:30AM. windchill of 25-30 below above treeline. view was worth the trek!
all winter ascents, but sheesh! this one gave me some trouble... :)
Great Day! Snow shoes,ice axe, winter gear. Loved it
Enjoyable scramble over and around towers of broken blocks. Patches of ice on the north side made it more interesting. Shocked by the hordes of people on top that came in from the east ridge. Descended the Cristo Couloir to Blue Lake.
Success in the summer, turned around in the winter.
I couldn't wait that year for the summer and so we went for Quandary east ridge as early as the snow was soft.
14er #4 in my completion of all of the Tenmile/Mosquito Range 14ers in 31 hours. Climbed at night, under a full moon. Topped out at midnight.
Wonderful hike, lots of folks on a Monday!
HOLY CRAP! Saw no one all morning on the north side until...we hit the standard route. A regular conga-line of folks hiking up the sstndard route. Must have been over 200+ people.
Now know why I DON'T hike or climb 14ers on the weekends.
Early morning start is the way to beat the crowds. Nice hike with amazing views.
Had some pretty strong gusts leading up to the summit. Crystal clear sky from the top though.