Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  04/21/2012
Date Climbed:   04/21/2012
Author:  myfeetrock
 14ers Unofficial Gathering  

Hello all! To all those at what appeared to be an unofficial 14ers gathering on Quandary, it was a great turnout.Image
Looks like an everest expedition
I started out the day hoping to find a parking spot close to the trail head and did even with the 20+ cars in the area. I started hiking around 9:15 this morning with a cool temp of 42 degrees. Two hikers passed me up as I headed up to the trail head, but soon after I passed them. I met up with one hiker while still in the trees. I didn't get the guys name, but hiked to the saddle with him where he pushed a little harder to the summit than I did. I met a load of people on the way up to the summit from Colorado, Oklahoma, and yes, Texas. The weather was perfect and the snow was just the right amount. At about 100ft from the summit the guy I hiked up with was on his way down and we chatted a while. I saw the two hikers I passed at the start of the hike coming up so I parted ways with the guy I was talking to and went to the summit. Soon after I could hear talking from the south side of the summit in the direction of the Cristo Couloir. Sure enough two climbers Kermit2013, and a friend of his Austin Bracy came into view and made the summit from this climbing route.Image
Reaching the summit from the cristo couloir
The two hikers I passed at the start of the hike were now on the summit and love was in the air. The young man had just proposed to his bride to be on the summit, and all was right in the world.Image
The Love Birds!
With all the fun we were having on the summit, some goofy pictures were in line. SilverLynx, I had to do it seeing as how I can't let you have all the cool shots.Image
I think I'll start a new summit trend. I think I'll call it SilverLynxing. I know, I don't think I make the view look as good. After a few fun shotsImage we were on our way back down and called it a day. Until next time...
the summit

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 Comments or Questions

Nice post and pictures.
04/22/2012 13:07
I'm starting to get the itch to get out there and do some 14ers early in the season. Can you tell me which route you took to the summit? How were the conditions along the trail, and did you need anything besides boots and microspikes? Thanks for any info, I'd love to conquer this one this week sometime, weather permitting. TNR


thanks for the shoutout!
04/23/2012 14:18
fun climb and appreciate the ride back to the blue lakes TH. see you out there again some time.

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