Peak:  Quandary Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  Mtn Izz
 Date of Info:  01/25/2012
 Date Posted:  01/26/2012

Our group of 3 went up just yesterday Jan 25th and had quite a different experience than the most recent report. We were able to avoid any waist deep snow on our ascent and made our summit successfully. Snow shoes are highly recommended and we were able to stash them once we got out of treeline. Our group was able to avoid any dangerous terrain that would be a deterrent for anyone... this was my first winter climb and I was keeping close track of any trip reports and updates with weather. Hopefully this helps for anyone planning to climb this peak.

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 Comments or Questions

Details please...
01/26/2012 17:58
Thanks for the report. If you get a chance, would you please provide more details? (Maybe you will upload a regular TR later...) I know conditions may change constantly but just wondering what specific choices did your group make that might've enabled you to avoided the dangerous terrain and waist-deep snow. I'll be heading up there Feb. 12 (probably), and it would be my first winter 14er (well, 2nd if I'm extremely lucky and actually reach Elbert on the 11th). So i'm trying to gather as much info as possible. Thanks very much!

Mtn Izz

A little more detail...
01/26/2012 20:45
Quandary is one of the most hiked 14ers because of its easy to moderate approach to the summit and low avalanche danger if any at all. For the most part you should experience a packed trail almost all the way to treeline. About a 1/2-1 mile up, we saw an ice cave that someone had built (this is the second; the first one we didn't know we passed as we saw it on our descent). At this particular site, we veered north as apposed to a keeping a westward direction. We always maintained a course that led to the ridge line (when in the trees and if in doubt just remember where the ridge line is at). We did have to break trail about the last 1/4 mile out of treeline and from then we took more of a direct line up to the peak. There were times where we crossed the actual trail and cairns above tree line. Once you get out of the trees you'll probably want to stash snow shoes and throw on a pair of micro spikes. It worked well for us (especially coming down). Hopefully this helps a bit and good luck!
Keep on reading updated information as it will be much more helpful closer to your climb.


Much obliged!
01/26/2012 21:28
Yup I got my eyeballs glued to for TH/Peak conditions updates and TRs. And of course the CAIC site. Am also checking summitpost. (Very appreciative of all the good info on this site!) Thanks again... fingers crossed... And oh yeah-- i forgot-- congratulations on your first winter climb!

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