|Peak:||Quandary Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||11/03/2013|
Patchy snow and ice near TH soon gives way to solid snow. Snow cover continues to treeline and a bit above. As one gets higher on the ridge, snow again becomes very thin and patchy, with numerous sections of rock, scree, and ice, along with brief sections of deeper drifts. Summit area was partially snow-covered.
Recommended equipment: microspikes (very useful); poles (helpful). Snowshoes are overkill at this point, and it's still way too thin for skis.
Other notes: the West Ridge had some fairly recent-looking tracks leading up to it from the summit. On the return, we saw a group of very shaggy goats around 13,000'. They were neither aggressive, nor in the least bit shy of humans, but acted as though we weren't there. Pretty neat!