Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
"Drift Pk"  -  13,900 feet
Fletcher Mtn  -  13,951 feet
Post Date:  12/15/2011
Date Climbed:   12/02/2011
Posted By:  geojed

 Drift-Fletcher-Quandary(West Ridge)     

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

The original plan was to do the East Ridge Route on Quandary because I thought that they had received around a foot of snow from the recent storm. As I drove through Breck I noticed how dry it was so that got me thinking about doing Drift, Fletcher and then the West Ridge of Quandary. The road up to Blue Lakes was an easy drive.

Early Morning Light

Upper Basin

First Light

The hike across the basin was easy and quick as I headed up towards the pass between Drift and Fletcher.
First Two objectives for the day: Drift Peak (L) Fletcher Mtn (R)

I got stopped at the first notch on Drift's East Ridge. I contemplated making a try of it but didn't want to risk it as I was VERY solo (didn't see another person all day! ). I didn't know that you were supposed to traverse below the ridge and then ascend the courloir up to the summit.
Drift Peak's snowy East Face

Fletcher was an easy climb that had stellar views.
Next Objective for the day: Fletcher Mtn 13,951'

Quandary from summit of Fletcher

Self Portrait w/ last objective of the day... Quandary's West Ridge

Getting closer!

I had a guardian angel mountain goat (or was it the Patronus of Bill Middlebrook????? ) lead me along the West Ridge of Quandary and showed me the way through the crux portion of the route.
My "guardian angel" goat

After summiting Quandary I descended the Cristo Couloir back to my car. To celebrate my day I stopped in Fairplay at the South Park Bowl and feasted on the most delicious Breakfast Burrito I have EVER tasted. I was seriously tempted to buy another and eat it or bring it home. MMMMMMM chorizo and smothered in Pork Green Chile Sauce.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Patronus     12/15/2011 15:59
Good trip report, looks great with the snow.

Loved the comment about the Patronus

James Scott

Funny     12/15/2011 18:19
If it was Bill's patronus, maybe he was protecting you during the horcrux of the route.


Very Helpful beta     12/15/2011 19:46
Thanks for posting!!!


”Hor”-crux     12/15/2011 20:04
Why didn't I think of that!

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