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

I am by no means an expert, but I have enough avalanche experience and knowledge to know that the slope directly below treelike on the traditional Quandary Peak route has HIGH AVALANCHE DANGER. We saw huge (12+ ft) crown lines above and below where we were ascending and descending. My party met another person on the way down and there three of us very carefully navigated for an extra two hours in order to avoid the areas of highest danger. One of the scarier experiences of my life, as was shared by the man we met. Right now Quandary is not just an easy 14er, and I have a feeling that slope may slide soon. Proceed with extreme caution, I personally will think a lot more about avalanches before ascending a slope that I'm not sure I can get down. I feel very lucky that we all made it out safely, but I know that it is indeed luck and I could have easily been buried alive just hours ago.

 Comments or Questions

01/27/2012 05:58
Thank you for the alert. This is the area just below 12k? Wouldn't happen to have a photo, would ya? Much obliged!


01/27/2012 06:15
Sadly I don't have photo. But I do mean that area right below 12,000 ft.

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