My first fourteener! I climbed it with my Colorado Mountain Club Basic Mountaineering School team. We ascended via the Cristo couloir in 4 hours (with crampons, although they weren't at all necessary). Descended the same slope in 45 minutes. (Glissading is very efficient!)
Finished the day with a cheeseburger (with roasted garlic!) from Backcountry Brewpub in Frisco.
I had just spent 2 weeks with a team of mountaineering physicians and environmental lawyers at the posh Sierra-Nevada's Bear Paw executive camp. I flew Home to Colorado; tapped my best friend, Alex, on the shoulder and said, "The Monarch of the Tenmile Range is waiting for us." During the drive, we missed the turn to the East Ridge so we ended up at the reservoir. There was nowhere to go but up the Cristo Couloir. We saw a couple of mountain goats who seemed to laugh at us as we pant for air. The top was super windy. We saw a stone dedicated to a climber who had presumeably died climbing the peak. We took the same way down. I slipped and PRESSED my palm on a baby cactus. It hurt like HELL! Hahaha!!
This really is one of the easier 14ers. the first couple miles of the trail is quite nice in the trees. the last half of the the climb is rather rocky and exposed if a strong wind is blowing. This peak however can be easily done by anyone in good physical condition.
Great hike! Weather strarted out pretty rough, but then the sun came out and did a nice number on my nose and cheeks! Didn't have to use crampons or snowshoes the whole way. Overall great day and a great climb!
Climbed the east ridge at night during the full moon. The light was so bright that we didn't even need to keep our headlamps on.
Still lots of snow, skipped the trail and went up the slope. Part of a 10 day 18 14,000 ft. summit solo climbing trip.
Started at 4:30 AM, 25 degrees. With plenty of time to take pics, hide snowshoes, and take water breaks, I reached the summit after 3:30 hrs. The views from the top of this easy 14er are great. Snow was great for crampons and was soft for the descent. Back to the car by 10:30 after spending a long time on top. I only wish I had skinned up! Conditions looked good.
Climbed the East Ridge with a friend in nice conditions. Ran into another skier/climber, making his first winter 14er climb. Still waiting for the pictures Alan! We all summitted together before the weather started to turn. Snow was solid windblown along the ridge, made for good cramponing. NIce views, including Lincoln which we climbed the next day.
Total ascents = 2. Nice Spring hike.
Climbed the christo couloir after spending the night out at the dam below. A nice overnight loop on this mountain. And yes, I saw people the next day coming up.
Colder, snowier, but sunny. Snowshoes not needed.
Cold, snowy and windy. But fun.
I broke my arm on September 12. I tripped while jogging back down the Flattop trail after climbing Hallet, Otis, Flattop, and Ptarmigan Point in Rocky Mountain National Park. But since we were in Breckenridge I couldn't resist going up Quandary.I went solo, but of course I was not totally by myself since I saw others on the ridge to the summit. However, because of the wind I had a jacket on and most of the people I met did not realize I had a broken arm. When I reached the summit I couldn't resist pulling my sleeve back so that the cast would be obvious in my summit photo. The fall colors were fading and a storm was moving in, but it was still a great day to be in the mountains.
U climbed with a broken arm? Hahaha!! That's insane!
Summited around 12:00, the wind was blowing and the thermometer was dropping so we didn't stick around too long on the summit. Lucked out on visibility though!
Climbed solo but with others along the trail for my first winter 14er and again with a friend in May during a late season blizzard.
There was a small snowfield just below the summit and no shortage of wind on top.
Lots of snow down low. Beautiful day with a few high clouds. Great glissades on east ridge on descent.
My first 14'er. Good winter climb. I got lost after the ascent (missed the ridge) and after a couple hours of hair-raising traverses of avy teritory and postholing I made it back to the road NE of the ridge that I missed.
Good cramponing after an early start. Only other party on the mtn was a 10th Mtn Div. training group.
See my trip report with a couple pics.
Tried this peak for the first time in February but had to turn around due to the wind. Successful in July. There was still alot of snow and the wind was blowing pretty hard. A cold day.