Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  07/04/2011
Date Climbed:   07/02/2011
Author:  Torch13

 My son's first 14er!  

We knew it might get crowded so we got up early, and were hiking by 4:40 AM. There were only 2 other cars at the trailhead when we got there. He thought using a headlight on the trail was very cool. We were above treeline just after dawn and ran into a Mountain Goat at the side of the trail. I was amazed at how little the goat cared we were there. Once above treeline with put on out helmets and headed up the path. At about 13,200 we ran into another Mountain goat. This one was almost on the trail, laid down chewing his cud. I have never seen one so close! The last part of the climb had a bit of snow to cross, but nothing that boots could not handle. No postholing if you stayed on the packed trail. We got to the summit at about 8:10, and had the top to ourselves... and a Marmot
9 years old and he bagged his first 14er! I am so proud of my little hiker.
The way down was more about avoiding the other 100+ hikers on their way up. There were cars parked all the way out to Route 9. I did see the most ridiculous thing ever on a 14er. A woman with only one thing in her backpack, a little Lhasa Apso dog. REALLY!?!?!?! I’m all for hiking WITH your dog, but you’re hiking your little dog up a mountain in a backpack?? Sorry I do not get that.
My son did stumble once and fell forward, nearly hitting his head. If he had, it would have been a bloody nose and a banged helmet and nothing more. I am so glad I got helmets for both of us, even for an easy 14er. Well worth the $65 they each cost.

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 Comments or Questions

07/04/2011 16:50
What a great accomplishment, buddy!!! Hopefully many more to come!


Great job!
07/04/2011 19:09
Congratulations to your son for his first 14er! Way to go!


07/04/2011 22:25
Quandary was my first as well, but at twice the age. That's fantastic! Congrats to your son!

I noticed the same thing about those mountain goats when I hiked up there. They've gotta be used to seeing people all the time with how popular Quandary is.


07/05/2011 12:50
Great time for both of you, sharing the outdoors. I have been very fortunate to climb a few 14ers, go backpacking and fishing with my two sons. Great times. Continue on and maybe you will do them all together!


07/06/2011 03:22
Quandary was my son's first as well. Great mountain for that experience. Shortly after we did Bierstadt..We've been talking about doing Grays and Torreys ever since and are stoked to finally have enough clear path to keep up the climbs. Enjoy them all man....What a fun beginning to a life of climbing and hiking those beautiful mountains! Congrats my friend and best to your son! Great beginning to a life in the mountains......

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