Peak:  Quandary Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  pklotzbach
 Date of Info:  06/12/2011
 Date Posted:  06/12/2011
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Climbed Quandary Peak via the East Ridge early this morning. My wife and I did the climb with Yak-Trax for traction, and they certainly came in handy on some of the parts of the trail that were still icy. If you get off of the summit early (before 9am), you're probably ok, but after that point, you are probably going to have some significant postholing to contend with. Also, certain portions of the trail are filled with suncups, which might make for some treacherous hiking once the sun hits the snow and thaws it.

All in all, Quandary is definitely climbable right now, but I would recommend going early to avoid some potential postholing. The ridge from 13,000 feet to the summit will likely be melted out in the next few days, but I would suspect that the trail from 11,500 to 13,000 feet will have some snow for the next couple of weeks.




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