We climbed Quandary Peak on Sunday July 24th with what seemed like a million people, including a 120 member Christian men's group from Omaha and Kansas City. One member of their group had cerebral palsy, so the younger men in the group carried him to the summit and back down. It was a very impressive accomplishment.The mountain goats on the peak were also impressive.
We were on the trail at about 7:30 a.m. and near treeline at 8:00.
My son below treeline about 8:00 a.m.
Picture break with the goal in the background.
The two of us just above treeline with the goal beckoning behind us.
We saw our first mountain goat in the area where the trail sort of flattens out after going up the 'steps' in the first big rock field.
First mountain goat along the relatively flat ridge.
Some mountain goats appear to be posers.
The mountain goat paused to pose.
Because of all the traffic on the peak and because of my slow self (Doctors once told me I wouldn't ever walk again because of a brain infection that caused a paralysis on my left side.) we summited at around noon.
Summit at around noon
In this picture I count 7 mountain goats.
7 mountain goats
Altogether we think we saw a total of 11 different mountain goats that day. Just after taking this picture 4 of these goats, two mamas and two of their babies, walked right past us within reach of my walking stick. I didn't touch them of course, but it was an awesome experience to have them walk right up to us and right bye us.
At the trail head at the end of the day the christian men's group cheered for each of the hikers as we reached the bottom. It was the first time I've had a cheering section at the bottom of a 14er. All in all it was a great day.