|Peak:||Quandary Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||01/28/2012|
All due respect to the previous poster, I did not encounter high avalanche conditions or the aforementioned crowning on Quandary today. The slope just below treeline was windblown but consolidated. I dug a pit for evaluation and there was some slabbing but not what I would consider critical. I was the first person up Quandary today (well, up to 13,000' where the wind picked me off my feet) and was able to easily climb this section towards the left, keeping nearer to the trees.
The trail below treeline will have been trenched-out by today's crowd (passed at least 20 people on the way down) and is now pretty close to the standard summer route. Be sure to turn RIGHT at the site of the big igloo, and not follow the faint trench straight (this might lead to some of the previous posters' difficulties and is WAY off the established trail route).
Snowshoes are recommended up to 13,000. Even above treeline. I cached my snowshoes at 12,000' and wish I hadn't. Conditions to 13,000' are variable between hardpack and soft powder.
Climb safe people!
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