|Peak:||Quandary Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||02/18/2011|
The first 3/4 mile or so of trail is solid boot pack. Then it gets a bit more sketchy - the storm last night dropped a few inches of new powder that is blowing around. There are a bunch of tracks going in different directions (most of them used for ski ascents), so the key is to stay on the hard stuff. Snowshoes are a must in the soft spots in my opinion, although as things settle boots might be ok in a few days.
Once you get above the tree line, everything is boot packed and solid. There is definitely some wind loading and hard slabs on some slopes, I stayed to the left and on the ridge to avoid them.
It was really windy when I was up there today - I'd say gusts were around 55mph or so. I'm no expert at guesstimating wind, but a few gusts knocked me off my stance and one put me in the snow (I was using ski poles for stability). With the new snow I experienced a few short whiteouts. I didn't have anything to measure temps, but it was chilly when the wind got moving. I just got some Mountain Hardware mitts and was glad I had them. The actual summit was surprisingly calm, I'd like to figure out the physics behind why that was...
Overall it was a good day. Drop me a message if you need more info. I'll be posting a full trip report soon.
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