Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Fletcher Mtn  -  13,951 feet
Date Posted:  08/14/2014
Modified:  10/11/2019
Date Climbed:   07/20/2014
Author:  Marmot72
 Goodbye Mountain Snobbery, Hello Wonders of Quandary  

I was recently called a mountain snob by a buddy at work, to which I countered, "would a mountain snob repeat Quandary?" It was lost on him, not being a hiker or climber, but my itinerary also doesn't vindicate me...I am too snobbish to repeat the parade route up Quandary's standard route.

Overview: A short scenic trail approach up McCullough Gulch leads to a fun, challenging scramble up the Ironwood Arete to reach Quandary's east ridge only minutes from the summit. Negotiating the towers on the west side of Quandary offers more scrambling, then it's a simple hike to Fletcher's summit and return down another scenic basin to reach the Blue Lake trailhead. Without a car shuttle, you then have a little over three miles of road.

Link to the full report is accessible here: Quandary Fletcher Tour

Here are a few highlights:

Approaching the Ironwood Arete from just below McCullough Lake.
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About midway up the arete.
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Goat basking in the morning sun on the northeast slopes of Quandary.
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On top of the third tower out from Quandary's summit on the west ridge.
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Goats learning their craft by Blue Lake.
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 Comments or Questions
boudreaux

Awesome Arete Ascent!
08/14/2014 15:55
Thanks for sharing your adventure!


tsizz

Thank You!
08/14/2014 17:27
I found the CO scrambles book doesn't do this route justice. Great report, thanks for the beta, and nice work!



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