Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted: 
Date Climbed:   02/08/2006
Author:  ADKben


I solod Quandry on February 8th, 2006. It was really straight forward with a packed trail about all the way up. There are a few meandering paths below treeline but I would say stick with the one that looks to have the most footprints through it.

After treeline, its pretty straight forward. I must say I would HIGHLY recommend snowshoes and would say 90/10 you NOT summitting without them. The snow is so hard from about 12,700 to the summit that it is basically 25 degree angle ice. I found the snoeshoes to be extremely helpful and necessary. You could probably get away with a pair of 10 pointers above treeline but expect knee deep powder (on the trail) if you dont have snowshoes. If I stepped off trail in atlas 1025s, I was sunk to the waist. So, its your call.

A few more quick add-ons. Wind was a hassle here and there from 12,5000-->13,500 then it basically stopped completely; summit had NO wind at all; i signed the register glove-less and spent about an hour on the summit; it was incredible. Beautiful day up there for sure. No mountain goats and the last person to sign the register was mid-january...i expected WAY more.

Lastly, I didnt find the guys camera that lost it, sorry buddy, tough break losing the camera on the summit; you might want to post the post-it on the other side of the trail sign..i saw the post-it on my way out so I didnt even give a look while I was up there. I did find a leather braclet that said "muffin" on it; left it there for obvious reasons hahaha. all in all, random; 3 hours to summit.


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