Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Post Date:  07/27/2011
Date Climbed:   07/24/2011
Posted By:  gsrock76

 Quandary - East Ridge Highway   

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.Image
My son below treeline about 8:00 a.m.

Picture break with the goal in the background.Image
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.Image
First mountain goat along the relatively flat ridge.

Some mountain goats appear to be posers.Image
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.Image
Summit at around noon

In this picture I count 7 mountain goats.Image
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.

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  • Comments or Questions

Cool!     07/27/2011 18:09
Looks like it was a great day! Way to prove them Doc's wrong


Way to go!     07/27/2011 20:13
I love stories of overcoming life obstacles! You definitely deserved the cheers at the bottom. Sounds like that group was pretty intense too - carrying a guy up there? Quite an accomplishment.


Mountain Goats     07/28/2011 03:30
All Mountain Goats are posers...

Nice work!


Team Alex     07/28/2011 16:31
We carried Alex to the summit. It was a well planned and executed experience, with medical and supply support. I will post a trip report soon about it. Glad to see you made it to the top and prove the doctors wrong!


Such a cool thing     08/01/2011 15:40
We also hiked Quandary that day. It was so cool when the Band of Brothers summited. Everyone on the summit applauded!! Very inspirational...

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