After nearly a year of frustration over turning back from (what turned out to be) above the 14k' contour, we were back and armed to the teeth this time. Took the direct route from the old TH up to tree line and thence to the ridge. Amy was dragging and turned back around 13,000'. Nathan and I continued up the ridge marvelling at what a leg-burner it is. Made the summit around 1:15 and spend a glorious 45 minutes relaxing in the quiet windlessness. Good views and it's nice to finally put Quandary's summit behind me. Some snow and wind on the way down, but arrived at the car at 4:30.
Beautiful day but also exhausting breaking trail in waist deep snow up to timberline. Wanted my snowboard for the knee-cracking descent!
After two months without any significant climbs, I finally climbed another 14er. The trip up Quandary was great. We had a late start at 10:30 and made the round trip in 6 hours. The conditions were fairly rough with constant snow and wind. At times the visibility was down to a few feet. However, we were lucky and it cleared up for about 30 minutes while we were on the ridge at 13000+, so we had a few great views.
We also had a companion on our tip. Horton the Quandary Dog. His tag gave an address on Blue Lake road. We tried to get him to stay at the trailhead, but he followed us all the way to the top and had no problems whatsoever.
Varying weather and trail conditions made for a wonderful adventure. 6 skiers fought the wind to summit after us, I saw 2 of them enjoying the downhill benefits of their efforts. I was envious! :) Overall, incredible day!
Great outing on an extremely cold day. The high in Breckenridge was 5 degrees, and Quandary was much colder. Not a lot of fresh snow, and what snow was already there was very hard packed. The trail was well established through the woods as well, with no postholing. No real views however, as clouds obscured the summit all day.
Another climb w/ the CMC, before the days of a constructed trail up the mountain. A beautiful day, we climbed at a fast pace, making the summit before 11:00 am and then spent an hour on top, napping in the warm sun.
There was a lot of snow on the mountain as it was eary in the season. This is the first mountain I slid down on the snow.
Excellent example of the 'Suffering' experience so many SP'ers go in for. Climbed with Fabio Somenzi (brenta on SP) in extreme cold and high winds (gusts at at least 50 mph, maybe more). Hands down my most painful summit, but we made it and having made it, liked it. I do want to return another day so I can actually *see* the place, though. This was also my first CO 14'er and my highest peak to date.
Great Mountain....I have never heard anyone mention the views from up there...AMAZING....you can see so far in all directions....even to the Crestone's!
It was a fun day...long but fun....I made it a day trip from Estes...next time I'll camp.
I only saw two other people the entire day...I felt special to have this popular mountain virtually to myself!
I've always enjoyed this mountain because its always been a nice day when I've hiked it.
Started pre-dawn and was alone on the summit for about 15 minutes before heading down. On my way down, passed at least 100 people going up. Start early!!
The West Ridge is a really fun scramble. I don't think I found the easiest route, but the difficulty never exceeded Class 4 the way I went. Strangely enough, there was nobody on the summit that day.
I would advise a helmet on this route for sure. The rockfall isn't a big danger, but there are a few spots where a short fall could really bash your head. (There are also a few spots where a helmet wouldn't matter anyway....)
caught in a crazy storm. tent collapsed in the nite.
After camping the night about 1 mile up the trail, we summitted around noon on October 17. The climb was made difficult by icy trails and strong winds, but well worth it, as always.
Hiked the standard route from Monte Cristo, which was a nice, gentle climb along the east slope area. The snow was soft on the way down, which did not allow us to glissade. Too bad - we ended up postholing most of the way back down.
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!