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Quandary Peak?

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby timstich » Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:22 am

JB99 wrote:Longmonster is not the Baron, not even close. The Baron left, he didn't get banned.


He doesn't live in the state presently, either. I'm not sure where he is right now, probably Bavaria.

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby bif » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:59 am

Michael York wrote:
strongmelon wrote:Hows about trying something a wee bit easier.


Such as?



Yes I agree with the question, "Such as?" I was under the impression that Quandary was the number 1 best choice for a beginning winter hike. Pikes from Crags, Bierstadt, Sherman, Evans, Torries. Considering; Avalanche exposure, ease of access, ease of route finding, and time en-route round trip , how would you rank these?

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby kushrocks » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:14 pm

How about Sherman as the first winter hike?
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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby Markwise » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:08 pm

We're tackling Sherman tomorrow as our 2nd winter hike (Quandary last year). All our research says Sherman is a relatively "easy" winter ascent, depending on conditions.

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby Presto » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:15 pm

by Markwise » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:08 pm
We're tackling Sherman tomorrow as our 2nd winter hike (Quandary last year). All our research says Sherman is a relatively "easy" winter ascent, depending on conditions.


Needless to say, I'm sure you already know the forecast (chance of snow, -10 degree windchill in Leadville, -6 degree windchill in Fairplay, very windy) ... bundle up, my friend. :wink:
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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby bif » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:22 pm

Markwise wrote:We're tackling Sherman tomorrow as our 2nd winter hike (Quandary last year). All our research says Sherman is a relatively "easy" winter ascent, depending on conditions.


Great when you complete it I would be interested in you opinion as to which is the easier, Quandary or Sherman.
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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby strongmelon » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:00 pm

bif wrote:Great when you complete it I would be interested in you opinion as to which is the easier, Quandary or Sherman.
bif


Unless the subject is Madonna, the term "easy" is relative.


Sherman is generally easier than Quandary. Bierstadt is also relatively easier, depending on the road closures, etc.


P.S. The term "relative" is relative too. It depends on what "is" is in Appalachia.

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby strongmelon » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:07 pm

Michael York wrote:
strongmelon wrote:Hows about trying something a wee bit easier.


Such as?


Flattop
Squaretop
Greywolf
Spalding
Twin Sisters (the pair near Meeker)
Meadow Mountain
St. Vrain peak
Hagerman
Grizzly (on the divide)
Etc.

Need I go on?

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby Zenn » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:45 pm

How would one compare it to a wintry ascent of Bross? Moose Creek?

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby dennywitte » Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:48 am

We did Mt Sherman on Friday. With the road accessible to just above Leavick, the winter route is now 4 miles each way and 2800 ft of vertical. This would make it arguably a little easier than Quandary. The weather conditions, however, with sub-zero wind chills and 50mph winds made it tougher than our Quandary ascent last year.

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby bif » Sun Feb 06, 2011 9:04 am

thanks Denny, I ve been watching for a report on Sherman
the wind sounds brutal.

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Re: Quandary Peak?

Postby highpilgrim » Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:13 pm

strongmelon wrote:
"Aintry? You ain't nowheres near Aintry!"


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