Incredible hike, little testing though since I ran out of water halfway through because of leaky water bladder but managed to pull it off. My 2nd 14'er solo. Wind gusting over 50+ mph at the summit with a brief ice rain then clearing up for a great day. Few mountain goat sightings.
Climbed the east ridge with three friends. Weather was a little dicey, but we decided to go for it. Really high winds, snow, hail...good thing we new where we were going! Still had a blast - but won't climb in conditions like that again!
My first 14er ever, thought I was going to have a heart attack, cried at the top!
We intended to climb a peak on the morning of my nephew's wedding. We just didn't realize that we would have over a foot of snow and whiteout conditions. Still, wouldn't change a thing.
Well, one thing, maybe. On 9/10/01, as I was going through security at Denver airport, I pitied the baggage checkers who getting yelled at by irate, hurried passengers. My, how perspective would change in 15 hours.
I forget the exact date. The final stretch to the summit was a solid sheet of ice covered with a foot of powder snow.
I ran up the thing with a friend, nearly died. Good times indeed!
Hiked the east ridge before the first big snow of the year. Great climb, but very short.
Skinned up to the long flat portion of the ridge, realized that I'm more of a mountaineer than a backcountry skier, and promptly cached my skis and climbed to the top. I definitely preferred postholing straight down versus carving turns (which my brother was happily doing with the "Quandray Dog" snapping at his heels the whole way down.) Great time overall (despite crappy weather) for my first Colorado 14er!
Climbed and skied the East ridge of Quandary March 12. Conditions were hard windpacked sastrugi up high and frozen slushy snow down lower. Conditions may have changed as weather was blowing in.
Skinned up the East ridge under clear and windless skies. Skied the standard East ridge down, only booted a short section on the flat ridge due to rocks. Good coverage top to bottom, snow was windpacked up high and sticky sunbaked powder below.
brought out lots of the cronies....jamie, sarah, dominic and mike for a winter climb of quandary.
horribly windy but we pushed on through the rough stuff to a wind shadow on the summit! great feeling sitting there knowing that i completed the tenmile/mosquito range fourteeners in calendar winter with lots of friends along.
CLIMBED E RIDGE WITH MY WIFE FOR HER FIRST 14ER
Hiked the East Slopes from Lower McCullough Gulch Trailhead. This was my first 14er.
Skied from the summit to the car with one patch of rocks I had to walk around 12,500 or so. Very windy day, but the wind did help deposit some soft snow along the ridge for some good turns!
summited via the standard east ridge route. Some maps designate 2 trailheads. The lower of the two is marked and on this day was lined with vehicles. The upper TH is not marked, but on this day there was only 1 other car so we started out from there. I counted 40 heads on the summit. Someone should open a concession stand up there.
Fun climb, had to turn around just below 13,000 due to no visibility and high winds, Ill be back though
otherwise a nice winter climb
This was my 27th climb of Quandary. I wore snowshoes for the round trip. The snow was firm on the way up, and became spring soft on the way down. It was sunny with a SW wind.
This was the first of many climbs of Quandary. It has become an annual tradition to glissade down the Cristo couloir. On May 27, 01 I got married on top of Quandary and then the wedding party glissaded down.
First successful 14er. Great first climb.