Peak(s):  Fletcher Mtn  -  13,951 feet
Date Posted:  08/24/2015
Modified:  08/25/2015
Date Climbed:   08/08/2015
Author:  djkest
 The One Behind Quandary  

Mt. Fletcher is 49 feet shy of 14,000', and is located in close proximity to popular 14er Quandary Peak. It offers good trailhead access, easy length, and only class 2 challenges. So why isn't this Centennial 13er climbed more? I don't think it matters, but it's a good excuse to get out and climb mountains.

This Trip Report represents a couple firsts for me.
First, it's the only blog post I've ever done using exclusively Cell Phone Pics (The only one?)
Second, it's the first post (and first summit hike) I've done where I have used my phone for GPS tracking.

Making a TR using cell phone pics (no editing!) was way, way faster than my usual workflow. I would love some comments on the quality of pics for this type of report- is it useful?

Blog Post Here

Also, Fletcher is pretty cool, nice area, not Quandary.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




 Comments or Questions
CSchoick
Good report and pics
08/24/2015 12:05
I think your pics are just fine unedited. It really comes down to the purpose of your trip report. If you are trying to document a route, current conditions, etc. these are just fine. If the goal of your report is more toward capturing your trip in photos then editing, SLRs, and so on might be more appropriate.


ctlee

Very nice
08/25/2015 08:45
I keep on being surprised by some of the photos I get with my iPhone 6. I used to use a Canon point and shoot when I didn’t want to lug the DSLR but now I just use the phone. The quality has actually been better than the Canon, especially in bright light. I usually put mine in airplane mode in the backcountry––was wondering how your battery did using the camera and GPS. Great report!


BoulderBarb

Which route
08/26/2015 08:01
Just wondering which way you went around the snowfield. A few weeks ago I did this hike and I went up to the left. Found it challenging with all the loose scree, especially on the way down.


djkest

Which route?
08/26/2015 08:23
We went to the left of the snowfield. There are a bunch of climber’s trails to the left. To me, it wasn’t nearly as loose as many of the other things I’ve done, I’d say like 2/10 or so. Near the top it gets a little narrow as you traverse back right to the top of the snowfield. Unfortnately my GPS track I don’t think is quite detailed enough to show this manuver.

As far as battery life, you need to use airplane mode for sure. Taking pics and GPS tracking both use a fair amount of battery power. If you wanted the GPS function, I would recommend either not taking pics or bringing a 6000 maH battery pack along if you do. I think I could do 6 hours with GPS and photos or 10 hours with just GPS. There is a website with tips on battery saving functions. HERE



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