Peak:  Quandary Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  DanielL
 Date of Info:  04/06/2013
 Date Posted:  04/08/2013

Enjoyed a fantastic day on Quandary Peak for my first 14er snowboard descent with four other first-timers! We shared the mountain with some really cool people, most of which were stronger and more experienced. There were about 25 to 30 other hikers, most of which were skiing/boarding. The snow conditions were excellent, and we were able to ski/board right off the summit. I managed to keep the board on all the way to the car, although there were a few flat sections where a pole was needed to avoid walking, as well as a rocky section where the trail returns to the road. However, it was a very fun day and Id love to do it again!

Image 1 - Looking up the route from around 12,000

Image 2 - Climbing up the East Ridge in excellent snow

Image 3 - On the final 1,000

Image 4 - On the way down, enjoying the snow!

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

Nice report!
04/09/2013 21:52
I was wondering if there was any avalanche danger at all and if you carried beacons and other equipment. I am interested in snowboarding Quandary but dont have any of that equipment. Is it safe enough to do w/out avy gear?


Re: Nice Report
04/09/2013 22:38
The East Ridge route is pretty gentle for the most part - the steepest it gets is right below the summit in the upper bowl, which was in good condition on Saturday. You should be fine, just be careful and you'll have fun!

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