My first winter ascent. It seemed way longer on the way down, but conditions were perfect. Took six and a half hours total.
Great views, near perfect weather
My second attemp to climb this guly...
Great climb with fellow SPers! Did Bierstadt on the previous day. Started with a crawl to avoid altitude sickness problems. As a result, ran out of time/good weather. Turned around at 13,800' . There is always another day/mountain.
A perfect winter day with a perfect group of SP'ers! It doesn't get any better.
Does it get any better than this? I thought climbing in the summer was beautiful, but it doesn't compare to doing a winter climb. I was awestruck by the beauty of this mountain. I will always be grateful for Quandary and my friends for this winter moutain experience.
This was my first 14er. It's amazing how far I've come. Believe it or not, I carried three 1 liter water bottles (2 were frozen), some granola bars, my lunch and a very thin wind breaker (not even waterproof). All of this in a $5 nylon back pack. Thank God I listened to my friends and purchased gators for this hike. Also, may I recommend; never EVER wear jean shorts when hiking a 14er ;)
Nothing but snow on the last ridge to the summit. It was the scariest experience of my life. With the wind trying it's best to force me over, all I could see was blinding white everwhere. Heaven forbid I look up at the deep blue sky! Major disorientation, but what a rush when I finally reached the top!!
As I have said many times, there are no words to describe this feeling. You have to experience it for yourself.
Any way after pictures and lunch on the summit it was time to descend. My friends had a great time glissading most of the way down (jean shorts don't slide...haha). Everyone thought it was real funny when I got stuck in hip deep snow....yeah right.
Anyway the whole trip was a blast and I was absolutely hooked after that.
2nd time on Quandary. First winter 14er :) many more to come
Quandary Peak is a nice fourteener to have so close by. Its multiple routes and sweet summit view make it stand out as a keeper.
Also climbed in November 2003 - bring snowshoes or skis in the early snow season!
Finally climbed this one for the first time, with my wife Erin, on our first anniversary get away.
Crisp, fall hike. Fresh snow, beautiful.
It was a crystal clear, beautiful day, but it was very windy and cold at the summit. A balaclava would have been useful on this day. There was only a light dusting of snow on the trail, nothing too difficult to deal with at this time.
The Inwood Arete gives me newfound respect for Quandary. The best route on the mountain, can't wait to come back and do it again.
Lost my iceax here (actually left it at the trailhead). Should have brought the skis...
We reached the summit on just under 5 hours from the trailhead at McCullough Gulch. Beautiful day of 5th class climbing!
With storms looming overhead, and nightfall pressing closer, we decided to abandon the longer West ridge approach and climb the peak directly from the Southwest corner. The scree made it a difficult scramble, and wore us out big time. We escaped via the east slope to avoid becoming a human ass-sled on the way down.
First 14'er for Spencer the Mountain Dog (at 9 months of age). Great weather.