I've done this one several times in varying conditions.
As my 5th repeater on the summer, I enjoyed a pleasant easy sloping hike up the standard route with 7 others. For 3, it was their first 14er. We carried little flags to the summit for an American celebration. A great day in all!
We tackled most of the towers head on, making this a solid class 4 climb. I would recommend this climb to anyone interested in a nice ridge climb.
This was a great introduction to 14ers for two in our group...short, gentle, and great views from the summit!
The weather was awesome on the summit!
The weather was perfect, clear sky, cool breeze...if only I didn't have to go to work after the hike I would have done another hike in the afternoon!!
Great 1st 14er experience. Totally got me hooked on climbing these things - and climbing in general. Perfect day - saw lots of cute little Pika's! Would suggest this peak to anyone!
Beautiful, sunny day, if a bit on the hot side. Loved all the deep snow still at the summit. I never cease to be amazed by all the people leaving the parking lot to hit the trail at 2:00 pm, hiking into the thunderheads. Whatever puts the wind in your sails, I guess. Climbing partner: Tom
Fun climb, snowshoes are necessary. Wish I had skis for the way down.
A great 2nd 14er!
Hailed on the climb up but turned out to be a very nice hike.
Climbed from the Hwy 9 trailhead right after the first winter snows. Snow deep in spots. Beautiful... I wish I could stay in that Tenmile range area for a week straight. Just climb from peak to peak, and camp at those gosh darn purdy alpine lakes.
Nice climb up the E ridge, very straightforward. Windy at the top, which is typical.
First 14er solo. Skinned most of the way up the east ridge. Left skis just below summit. Winter snowpack so careful ski descent of the ridge was in order. Very windy day.
Climbed the Cristo Couloir and reached summit at 8:30am. Skied from the summit back down the Cristo. Icy up top (cold wind) but corn down low. Skied all the way to the dam.
Could not have asked for better snow conditions. Started at the trailhead at 5:30am and climbed the Cristo Coulior. Spent about an hour at the summit alone waiting for the snow to soften, then glissaded almost back to my car.
Great hike for my 1st 14er of the year (2nd total). Beautiful sunny day, awesome for climbing.
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.