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 Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  03/24/2009 Modified: 03/25/2009
 Date Climbed:   03/20/2009
 Posted By:  tribduncan

 Quandary East Side - First Winter Climb   

This was my first winter climb and first time to climb with my friend Jerry. We met up Fri. morning in Littleton at 5am to head out to Breckenridge. I was up late the night before trying to finish my new split board and didn't get much sleep. We got to the East side trailhead at about 7am or so and were loaded up and hiking by around 7:30. Jerry was kind of slow getting everything ready (this is the only thing that Jerry did slow all day!) Image

This was my first time to ever use skins and it took a little getting use to. There was lots of sunshine and little wind. Man, was I getting hot!
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Once we topped the first ridge we noticed that most everyone in front of us was having to lose their skins because of the steepness of the second slope.
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We took a break at the top of the first ridge and had some lunch. Most of these pictures are of me because Jerry was always so far ahead of me that he would get bored waiting and pull out the camera to snap a few shots.
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Looking back down toward the East ridge we had just climbed


Final stretch to the summit
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Jerry got to the summit about 10 or 15 minutes ahead of me and started snapping some great shots. Thanks to me being so slow we got to enjoy a crowd-free summit.
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Finally some pics of Jerry
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After about 20 min. or so we strapped on the boards and headed down. This is where the pain of carrying all that extra weight uphill pays off!

Jerry making some turns
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There was still plenty of solid snow on the bottom half of the upper ridge but we opted to traverse back to the middle of the saddle so we didn't have to hike up as much. It was a short hike till we put our boards back on and started down the lower ridge.

The snow was nothing great but the decent was fast and effortless. We were back down into the trees within about a half hour or so.

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Once we got down into the trees, we ran across Horton and tried to bribe him with some Beef Jerky to join us on the last part of the hike but he remained faithful to the other two hikers he had started the day with.
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Toward the bottom we made the mistake of getting away from the snowpacked trail to try and make some turns and ended up thigh deep in icy slush along with 3 or 4 skiers. Not much fun! Just a lot of postholing and snow down my pants. 45 minutes later we ended back up at the truck.
Thanks to Jerry for waiting for me on the hike and thanks to my cousins Matt and Brian for helping to put together my switchboard!!



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  • Comments or Questions
Kzar


Nice Winter Climb!     2009-03-25 16:44:22
I‘ve only done three winter climbs and two of them were like yours. Warm and sunny. Definetly beats 70 mph winds in whiteout conditions.
I tried carrying my board up Sherman but it wore me out so I stashed it on the way up. I‘ll have to look into getting a splitboard for future winter 14ers. It‘s gotta be way easier than hauling the board on your back and packing boots in the pack.



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