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 Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  06/18/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/17/2009
 Posted By:  rmichelson

 Goats and High Winds on Quandary   

My buddy, Kyle, and I had been stormed off Quandary on the 30th of May, so we were determined to get back. Yesterday, we would not have made it without the assistance of John, (and Ophelia too) because there was a male mountain goat who was extremely aggressive and charged another hiker. In addition to all of the snow, the winds and associated gusts were unreal. I hope today is a better day for this climb, as we met a nice couple of guys who were talking to folks at the trailhead, and planning on camping at the reservoir last night and climbing Quandary this morning (June 18th). Their gaiters, poles, and ice axes will come in handy, because we sure could have used them! The photos show the condition of the "trail" (It's very difficult to see any discernable path when you have crossed into the first snowfield.) and we also have a shot from 50-yards of the most aggressive of the 7 mountain goats that we saw.


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  • Comments or Questions (2)
tbnike27

Nice Work     2009-06-19 07:26:37
I know I wouldn‘t be able to summit a 14er in jeans, nice work! Hiking pants make a huge difference, check out the REI ones!


rmichelson

I couldn‘t believe it     2009-06-19 07:36:12
Thanks, but I think that the most impressive thing that Kyle did was skate shoes--he had to dump snow out every 25-feet on the last leg of Quandary. (Yes, I LOVE my hiking pants with unzippable legs, 2 pairs of wool socks, and hiking boots. I layered non-cotton stuff up top too in addition to my raincoat and hat. The only downfall of this climb was that snow got behind my boots and soaked my socks anyway!)



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