Blowing off race training (again) for another day of climbing.
brutal, cold wind on the summit - but what a spectacular view - left very early (6 am) and beat the crowd
You couldn't have asked for better conditions. The winds were light. It was clear and sunny with temperatures in the mid 30s. This was my first experience with hiking at altitude (living at sea-level has its disadvantages) and in the snow . The combination of the two made for slower progress than I planned. Deciding to stick to my turnaround time I reached 13,534 before heading back down. Even though I didn't summit, the experience was incredible. I can't wait to come back during the summer and complete Quandary.
Nice skinning up, good skiing down to treeline, difficult skiing in the trees. Trip Report
The last climb I did before getting CFS.
Almost made it to the summit, but my wife was getting sick. We'll knock it out this summer.
We started this hike in the dark to beat the crowds. We got to watch the sunrise from up high above the treeline. As soon as the sun came up, we heard numerous pikas and watched them come out of their rock crevices. There was also one pika on the very summit. Observing the pikas made my day. The summit was quite long and large with many windshelters.
Our slideshow from this day is here: Quandary Peak hike
This is when I decided to finally quit smoking. I made it but it was very hard because of my smoking, I realized my lungs were on it's last leg(?). Very slow going for me, but perseverance paid off. Perfect weather.
Very easy 14ers. The glissade from the summit may be unequaled in Colorado.
Another one for the books with Haliku. Subtle cornices and snow on the summit ridge added some aesthetics to the climb. The views from the summit were very rewarding. Despite the cold temps and wind, it was another great outing.
Forgot my camera. Very overcast with a good amount of snow above 12k feet. Stayed at summit for about 2 minutes before heading down.
A good hike to burn off some pecan pie, beautiful winter day. There was some good hardpack that allowed for some nice glissading, speeding up my descent.
It still amazes me the differences between climbing Quandary in June 2006 and November 2006 - 2 very different "mountains" with regard to conditions! I had the pleasure of hiking with fellow SPers Alan and Patrick on this winter ascent - complete with low temps, gusty winds, occasional whiteouts and sun - mostly wind and snow though! I was beat but enjoyed the experience!
My first winter 14er summit. Damn was I tired! I remember Quandary being a walk in the park in July 2004. It's amazing what a ton of fresh snow with high winds will do to a mountain and your quads. Had the pleasure of climbing with fellow SPers Alan and Robert.
Somehow, hike seemed easier than Bierstadt even with a hangover from the disc golf tourney (awards ceremony) in Vail the day before. Really enjoyed the creaking stones grinding together underfoot. Great day for it; sunny and cool.
and it was awesome! Nice class 3-4 route to the top, although some false summits and hard route finding make this trip a little more difficult than the average scramble.
Due to inexplicably poor decision-making, this was the scariest time in the outdoors that I've ever had. Hiking alone, I'd driven from Denver and didn't start until early afternoon. Descent featured nearly constant and very close lightning, rain, and marble-sized hail.
I knew I was starting too late but did it anyway--not like me at all. Haven't repeated such a stupid decision since. Climbed Democrat the next day, and Cameron, Lincoln and Bross two days later.
Standard route up. Descended via snowfield on North face.
7-5-2007: Standard route up and down with some exciting weather!
This was my 2nd attemp. The first one, I turned back due to high winds.
I know its a sin but got a late start at the trailhead (10am). Made it to 500 feet of the summit before weather forced me down. After descending a 1000 feet to the end of the east ridge (to the timberline), weather cleared, turned around and summited and had the whole mountain to myself.