Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Post Date:  11/28/2011
Date Climbed:   11/28/2011
Posted By:  tbryan987

 Quandary South Slope   

Showed up Sunday evening right as the sun was setting. The road is has a few slick spots but I made it all to way in 2wd. Parked near two posts for an old gate. Thought about setting up my tent, but with 35mph+ winds I decided to squeeze in to the back seat of my truck. Woke up to a beautiful sunrise, and was ready to go at about 800ish.

Approximate ascent route

About a quarter of the way up I heard rockfall, and as I looked to see where it was coming from I realized that there were some resident mountaineers in the area.
Mountains Goats

As I continued up, I kept seeing multiple groups of Mountain Goats. Saw at least 25 different individuals.
Mountains Goats

Professional Mountaineer

I made my way toward the snow field seen in the second picture. I was hoping to climb up it, but it soon became apparent that that wasn't going to happen. The snow was super porous and I was force to skirt the edge of it.

I made it to the summit ridge and ran into another climber who was descending the east slope trail. I began hike the rest of the way up the standard east slope trail, which is pretty hard packed, micro spikes or yak trax would be helpful. Shortly thereafter I made the summit in the face of some brutal winds. Took a few pictures and began my descent down the Cristo Couloir.

If your hoping to climb/ski the Cristo Couloir its going to be a while. The snow was very sparse and its going to take few storms to fill it up.

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  • Comments or Questions

Thanks for the trip report     11/29/2011 18:46
I am planning on doing the E. Ridge up Quandary this Saturday. Weather forecast doesn't look optimal but oh well. Hopefully not too windy.

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