Enjoyable scramble over and around towers of broken blocks. Patches of ice on the north side made it more interesting. Shocked by the hordes of people on top that came in from the east ridge. Descended the Cristo Couloir to Blue Lake.
Success in the summer, turned around in the winter.
I couldn't wait that year for the summer and so we went for Quandary east ridge as early as the snow was soft.
14er #4 in my completion of all of the Tenmile/Mosquito Range 14ers in 31 hours. Climbed at night, under a full moon. Topped out at midnight.
Wonderful hike, lots of folks on a Monday!
HOLY CRAP! Saw no one all morning on the north side until...we hit the standard route. A regular conga-line of folks hiking up the sstndard route. Must have been over 200+ people.
Now know why I DON'T hike or climb 14ers on the weekends.
Early morning start is the way to beat the crowds. Nice hike with amazing views.
Had some pretty strong gusts leading up to the summit. Crystal clear sky from the top though.
Clear skies (except for the Colorado wild fire smog).
Good to see lots of people enjoying the hike up Quandary!
A bit crowded, but rewarding hike.
straight up the S. face to the right of the Cristo couloir. I saw no one the whole day...
Great way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo
first fourteneer. Super awesome. Had a lot of snow towards the top in mid July, but that was also an Epic winter for snow.
Easy snow slog up the Cristo Couloir.
Enjoyable and usually snowy by late Oct. early Nov. Enjoy breaking in the winter season on this mountain.
the last part of the west ridge was great, but cristo was just too much of a slog to do for climbing - but skiing down is pretty fun...
A beautiful day all around!
Went with 3 others - clouds came in and out, so did the sun. Wind pretty much stayed - sustained high winds (knocked me over a couple times!) and snow/ice made this class 1 quite challenging! Not bad for my 2nd CO 14er (3rd total). We had the summit to ourselves and even the sunshine peaked out! Not too many other hikers on this frigid day.
Not a usual Quandary day. We saw won guy from Chicago returning from the summit and on the way out, 3 campers below tree line. Generally a nice day with a few instances of wind gusts and clouds, but abundant sun and calm. This would have been more enjoyable had I not flown in from sea level the night before! But we went slow and it was a successful hike with an old friend!