Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  03/21/2007
Date Climbed:   03/17/2007
Author:  Georgie

 Quandary - East Ridge3  

My sister and I hiked Quandary on St. Patty‘s Day. She had been snowboarding two days prior and was still trying to acclimate as she is from Nebraska. This was her first fourteener experience and it was rough.

We decided to hike the "Q" because I thought it would be a simple hike. The way up was great! It was sunny and beautiful and the hike wasn‘t so bad with snowshoes on. Sure, it was windy at the top but nothing out of the ordinary.

We met an older guy at the top who suggested taking the short cut down. We agreed. However, since it was so warm that day, we continually fell through the snow (even with snowshoes on) and the snow would "pack" in around our knees/waist we struggled continuously digging ourselves out! It was BRUTALLY difficult. We started to follow some skiers who would "pack" the snow for us and it helped considerably.

However, by the time I got home, I suffered from a horrible, horrible, horrible sunburn and for the first time in my life suffered and am still suffering from snow blindness. BE CAREFUL out there...wear proper sunglasses and tons of sunscreen! This was my 17th mountain and I have never been so miserable after hiking! I may wait until the summer to hike more, then again maybe I will do one this weekend but be more prepared! Have fun!

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 Comments or Questions

nice report
02/17/2008 07:18
are they really pink flipflops on your feet? or are my eyes plying tricks lol?

you must be 1 real hardy girl to retain them toes!...

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