Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  08/22/2013
Date Climbed:   08/17/2013
Author:  vusteph
 Southern Girls on Quandary  

hikers: myself (vusteph), my sister, and my dog. we are all from the south. my sister and i are from new orleans and my dog is an alabama country girl.

I moved to Broomfield August 13 and once I unpacked, took care of boring things, my sister, dog and I were off to the mountains! My sister had accompanied me on my move from Houston to Broomfield and was staying with me for the week til she flew back home. She loves white water rafting so in exchange for white water rafting I made her climb a 14er. She was a little worried because she had read reports where people didn't make it and she did her own investigating but I assured her that she would be fine. We had hiked in the Smokies together a month before and I knew she would be fine.

Saturday morning we woke at 3 and was out of the apartment by 3:30am. It was dark, no traffic, dog asleep, not sure if sister fell asleep and my coffee. It was a straightforward drive to Breckenridge and wasn't too hard to find the road to the trail. The tiny parking lot was full, which was fine because we ended up parking right across from the start of the trail.

A couple of people started around the same time as us. It was still pretty dark but the sun was just about to come up. My sister used her headlamp but it wasn't really needed.

On the way up:

A little before the end of the treeline we saw Quandary bathed in the red sunrise. I made us stop so I could get a shot and 5 minutes later I pointed out to my sister that the mountain wasn't red anymore. She was shocked at how fast that red glow disappears.

Breeze was our timer; everytime we took a break she wanted to keep going. I was worried how the altitude might affect her on the way, but she was better than good - she was practically dragging us up.

breeze saying "come on guys let's stop looking at the mountain and GET UP THERE."


It was rather cold when we started (around 45) and my sister hadn't brought any pants (we're from the south!). she would huddle next to breeze for warmth. it was cute considering she used to fear and hate my dog:

we took a lot of breaks up the last long steep section. every time my sister would look up she would sigh and say "it's so far away..." i would remind her to look how far we've already come and that she was doing great for her first 14er. i pushed us on and finally we made it!

summit pics:

breeze's summit pic:
her thoughts 'i guess this is okay.'

and as much as breeze dragged us up there she dragged us down too. we were part of the early batch so on our way up there weren't many people in front of us. now there were so many people! i heard about summer crowds but never seen it. we encouraged people on their way up and told them it was a great view!

we made it down a little faster than going up (we went slowly through some of the more steeper sections) and by 3pm and a quick stop in Breckenridge we were back in Broomfield.

A great day in the mountains. I could get used to this, although i'm not sure how much I'll be able to get out my first year of law school ;p

bonus pic: this was breeze after she napped for two hours. it was as if she were saying "soooo...another mountain tomorrow?"

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

08/23/2013 03:18
I miss N.O.!!


08/23/2013 03:27
My first 14er as well. Welcome to CO!


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rolet!
08/23/2013 13:41
From one Cajun to another, welcome to Colorado and congrats on your 1st 14er! Lafayette native, been here 21 years so far!


Same here...
08/23/2013 19:18
I just moved here in May, and had heard a lot about the summer crowds on Q. I went up a few weekends ago, and had to wait in line at some spots. It was crazy.

Good luck with law school!


08/23/2013 23:52
thanks for the comments everyone!


love breeze
08/24/2013 00:02
She looks like a great mountain dog! Note to sister: Always take long pants to the high country...


08/24/2013 02:45

my sister now knows to always bring pants when she visits me

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