Quandary Peak Climber's Log

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Dan Leonhard

Dan Leonhard - May 29, 2006 10:42 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2004

where?  Sucess!

I climbed this one alone. Based off of some bad route description (not from this site, good job guys), I wondered up a trail which quikly faded to loose, ankle-breaking rock missles.


lilmantis - May 26, 2006 6:24 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2006

Awsome day on Cristo Couloir  Sucess!

Got about halfway up and peeled off all the layers. Snow was getting soft near the top but all in all this was a terrific climb. Great glissade down the route to finish it off!


roozers42 - May 22, 2006 3:21 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2006

Route Climbed: East Slopes Ski  Sucess!

Got some great turns at the top, wish the snow had been continuous.


lilmantis - May 26, 2006 6:51 pm

Re: Route Climbed: East Slopes Ski

Rock on girl!


roozers42 - May 19, 2006 3:29 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2005

Route Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!

Only a small bit of snow at the top. Great weather and a pleasant hike.


rpace - May 17, 2006 1:03 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2006

I'm hooked!  Sucess!

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.

Excellent day!


Aspen - May 15, 2006 5:51 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2004

Route Climbed: Cristo Couloir  Sucess!

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!!

Andesite - May 10, 2006 5:47 pm Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005

Great climb  Sucess!

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.


kylerlott - May 1, 2006 10:49 pm Date Climbed: Apr 29, 2006

1st winter 14er  Sucess!

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!


ClearSkiesAhead - Apr 26, 2006 4:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2005

East RIdge by Moonlight  Sucess!

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.


km_donovan - Apr 23, 2006 12:25 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2003

Route Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!

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.

Mike N

Mike N - Apr 17, 2006 12:56 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2006

East Ridge  Sucess!

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.


TM - Apr 10, 2006 5:00 am Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2006

Nice day

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.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 23, 2006 3:03 am Date Climbed: May 30, 1967

Standard Route  Sucess!

Total ascents = 2. Nice Spring hike.


markhyams - Mar 5, 2006 6:31 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 1997

S Slopes  Sucess!

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.


markhyams - Mar 5, 2006 6:30 pm Date Climbed: Nov 7, 1994

E Slopes  Sucess!

Colder, snowier, but sunny. Snowshoes not needed.


markhyams - Mar 5, 2006 6:29 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 1994

E Slopes  Sucess!

Cold, snowy and windy. But fun.


NanitaD - Feb 25, 2006 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 1994

Route Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!

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.


Aspen - May 15, 2006 5:53 am

Re: Route Climbed: East Slopes

U climbed with a broken arm? Hahaha!! That's insane!



Oregon-Climber - Feb 21, 2006 7:22 pm Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2006

Frigid Climb!  Sucess!

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!

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